Luciano Spalletti has already said ‘yes’ to Milan, but he wants a big severance package from the Nerazzurri and so Milan could pick another coach.
It is very clear at this point that Milan have decided to sack Marco Giampaolo, as after 7 rounds of Serie A, the Diavolo find themselves in 13th place and with not even one convincing game this season.
It became known over the day that Elliott, through Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban, have chosen former Inter coach Luciano Spalletti to replace Giampaolo.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky reported on Monday that Spalletti had accepted the offer of Milan and said ‘yes’ to the Rossoneri. In fact, Spalletti is said to not be at all worried by the standings and by the squad – on the contrary, he is intrigued and fired-up and thinks he can turn things around.
However, there is one very big problem with Spalletti. The coach is still under contract with Inter, as he was fired in the summer and replaced by Antonio Conte with two years left on his agreement. Spalletti, as reported by Sky, La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, is currently sitting at home with a deal worth around €4.5m-€5m per season, which is roughly €20m gross over the next two years.
Luciano has no intent of letting this money go and he is seeking a severance package from Inter before he can sign with Milan, from which he is asking for a two-year deal (with an option for a third year) worth €4m per season. Negotiations between Spalletti and Inter, who are led by Beppe Marotta, are ongoing but at the moment the gaps are very big between the parties and no agreement is on the horizon. Nicolò Schira reports that Spalletti wants Inter to pay everything he and his staff are owed until June 2020, while Suning are willing to pay all the salaries until December 31.
ANSA are going as far as saying that Spalletti is no longer willing to accept Milan’s offer due to the contractual problems with Inter. The news-agency claims that at this point Milan are oriented towards a choice between Stefano Pioli, who left Fiorentina last season and was replaced by Vincenzo Montella, and a foreign coach. Rudi Garcia and Marcelino are the foreign options.
Di Marzio is also claiming that Pioli is the top candidate after Spalletti, who can’t find an agreement with Inter. The 53-year-old has almost no experience with top teams, only having a short period between November 2016 and May 2017 in which he coached Inter and was eventually sacked.
More updates are expected in the next hours. Giampaolo is gone, and his replacement will be Spalletti, Pioli, or a coach who was not born in Italy. Milan will change, for the umpteenth time.