Caldara set to leave Milan and return to Atalanta on an 18-month loan deal with an option to buy for €15 million

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Mattia Caldara during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Mattia Caldara’s adventure at Milan is over, as he is ready to return to Atalanta.

Caldara joined Milan in the summer of 2018 in a direct swap with Leonardo Bonucci. Both players were valued at €35 million and Mattia was meant to be Alessio Romagnoli’s long-term partner.

However, the fact is that Caldara has had more injuries than appearances for the Diavolo. He has never worn the Milan colors in Serie A, and spent the majority of his career in red and black on the treatment table due to two long-term unfortunate injuries.

Over the past weeks, Atalanta have shown interest in signing Caldara back. Today, as reported by Milannews.it and Sky Italia, a deal has been struck between the Milan management and that of Atalanta, who will face Valencia in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.

Caldara will leave Milan on an 18-month loan. Atalanta will have an option to buy the center back for €15 million at the end of this period. The Rossoneri will also be entitled to a percentage from a future resale of the 25-year-old, who was once regarded as one of the best young defenders in Serie A. Mattia was the captain of Atalanta and will look to revive his career there.

With Caldara out, Milan will likely sign another center back. The Jean-Clair Todibo is no longer likely. Simon Kjær of Atalanta’s bench is a possible target, but Milan are evaluating various profiles.

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Keegan
Keegan
6 months ago

This is The most ridiculous deal. How can u let mattia go. He is young n very strong.

Its time we Start having trust in our younh talents.

Give a chance to gabbia if we are to switch to 3 defenders.
Roma-caldara-gabbia will be a good combination.

Useless direction.

Get us someone stronger and younger as u let caldara go

nick
nick
6 months ago
Reply to  Keegan

Italian clubs have no patience with youth yet Milan talk about a youth project while at the same time selling Cutrone instead of players like Biglia.

I mean, why sign a 38yr old Ibra only to bench a 23yr Piatek when the problem is our midfield and our formation?

Ibra will find it hard to score if we don’t change our formation. Didn’t they see that issue with Higuaín? SMDH

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Keegan

Agreed. We basically spent 40m on him, waited for him to get healthy then sold him for 15m?? What a disgrace! Boban and Maldini and Massara should all be fired. Dire straights at our once prestigious club. Todibo wouldn’t even come. We look completely lost from the hiring of Giampaolo to the decisions on the market. Politano next? Pls no. What a waste.

nick
nick
6 months ago

Milan lost about 20m on this deal. Bad business. We also lost money on Biglia since he will stay until his contract runs out and he is injured.

We will also lose money on Paquetá if can’t get the 35m we paid for him.

I just hope that Milan are NOT dumb to sell Piatek.

This club has made some bad decisions on players.

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  nick

You can be 1000% sure Piatek will be sold before the transfer window reaches its halfway. No question about it.

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  nick

So… Piatek leaves today to UK (Spurs). How about that? I guess Milan will not keep a striker more than 2 seasons nowadays. Who’s the last striker to stay around for longer? Pato perhaps? And he’s the perfect example of Milan’s transfer policy: the paid more for him than they got when he left – even though he was once valued 3-4x more expensive than they paid for him.

Milan10
Milan10
6 months ago

there has to be something that causes milan to treat 40m rated caldara like unwanted leper. its not only the injuries because the fact is milan could be patient with injury plagued conti. did caldara steal leao’s lunch money? did he secretly record milan players showering? does he sell drugs to kiddie milanisti? what exactly is the reason? i was asking same question when milan sold gourcuff and i found out later that he had attitude problems. so basically atalanta is saying, “we use ur stadium for ucl matches, we take away ur pride by doing a manita on ur… Read more »

nick
nick
6 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

I heard Caldara wanted to leave. Milan is not a stable club and it is currently being managed by inexperienced people.

I would want to leave too as something is wrong with Milan lab. Too many players get long term injures at this club and I don’t have faith in their training program.

Milan10
Milan10
6 months ago
Reply to  nick

ok, if thats the case then in return milan should’ve asked for atalanta player. muriel just got back from injury and he could be nice addition to milan attack. or zapata. or anyone else. 15m will be too little and its not even certain. im too lazy to do a research but i think 18mo from now caldara will only have 1-2 years left in his milan contract thus milan will have to renew anyway should atalanta refuse to pay.

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  nick

“I heard Caldara wanted to leave. ”

Who could blame him? 0 minutes of action in Serie A – zero trust from the coach. Huge potential and one of the league’s best defenders when fit. Good for him. Bad for us.

anom
anom
6 months ago

Soooo, the latest rumors says “Milan and Benfica have seen initial offers for Gianluca Scamacca rejected, as Sassuolo are reported to want €20-25m.” Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought Milan had a ~20-year-old Italian striker who had already scored 27 goals for the club (in two seasons mainly playing as a supersub!) and they sold him for less money to the UK. Now they they want to buy a similar player with these exceptions: 1) hasn’t played a single Serie A match yet 2) hasn’t scored a single Serie A goal yet 3) doesn’t know what it means… Read more »

Djuka
Djuka
6 months ago
Reply to  anom

Hes manager is Raiola, you figure the rest

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  Djuka

Hah! Now it all makes sense. Kind of. At least why the interest. Raiola owns Milan.

Ted
Ted
6 months ago

You’ve all neglected a key point or rather Milan’s biggest problem in last couple of seasons. An issue that’s preventing Milan to pick themselves up…

ONCE MORE THEY ARE BUILDING A TEAM FOR A CARETAKER COACH THAT WILL MOST LIKELY LEAVE IN THE SUMMER!

nick
nick
6 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Exactly. I don’t understand it. I’m already pissed off over Caldara transfer and if Piatek leave then I will be very upset with Maldini and Boban.

Piatek is a good striker regardless of what people think. He’s playing with a team that sucks because of Pioli stubbornness to use 352. Hernandez and Conti are good wingbacks yet we still use a back 4. Unbelievable

bidonesia
bidonesia
6 months ago
Reply to  nick

pioli (after the sack): i’ll always be an interista forever

dejan10
dejan10
6 months ago
Reply to  nick

Exactly. Like you’ve said before, quality players like him don’t turn into garbage overnight. That takes comitted coaching to make Piatek, Conti, Higuian, etc. look that bad.

nick
nick
6 months ago
Reply to  dejan10

@dejan10….What’s even worst is that the rumors claim that they want to replace Piatek with Petagna. This is so depressing.

We have invested money in Paquetá, Piatek and Caldara only to get rid of them over some mediocre coach that don’t know how to play them?

Why not bring in a top coach before we decide which players to get rid of?

Milan management is not making any sense and they are too eager to make drastic changes.

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  nick

Yep. Not Piatek’s fault if the 9 other players on the pitch cannot provide him any decent scoring chances in 3-4 games in a row. The striker shouldn’t have to do EVERYTHING himself, now should he? I wish all the best to Piatek’s Spurs career. We’ve seen so many strikers lately in Milan and everyone gets sold (or donated) after 1-2 years – no matter if they do badly or well. I miss the days we had strikers who were with us +5 seasons and scored consistently (Pippo, Sheva, etc.). Now we got new strikers each season and somehow it’s… Read more »

nick
nick
6 months ago
Reply to  anom

Totally agree

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Yep. Giampaolo didn’t want Cutrone to stick around so the team sold him. So, where’s Giampaolo now? I f’ng hate that guy for ruining everything. I bet Cutrone doesn’t like him that much either…

nick
nick
6 months ago
Reply to  anom

Exactly. I’m confused as to why Milan was so eager to get rid of Cutrone. His sale made no sense to me.

bidonesia
bidonesia
6 months ago

next is Kessie, Piatek, Conti, Gabbia, Paqueta, Gigio & Romagnoli
next season we will fight hard for uefa cup spot like a champion with the multi-talented super player Borini as main player to build around & of course as a super capitano.

sell anyone who can be sell even for peanuts before the club is sold,
that’s what happen if a club owned by a capitalism bank.

dejan10
dejan10
6 months ago

And in latest news, Milan are set to give Manchester United Bonaventura and Romagnoli in exchange for Phil Jones. You think I’m joking but I wouldn’t put it past this bunch.

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
6 months ago

Just saw this tweet on milaneye hopefully its not correct but with caldara earning aroung 3 mil a year and us being the benefactor of our competitors i wouldnt be too surprised if its actually correct.

” Milan will contribute with paying part of Caldara’s salary at Atalanta, according to Corriere della Sera”

richis
richis
6 months ago

maldini should pay out of his own pocket for being that clueless

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
6 months ago
Reply to  richis

He should but pretty sure it would be a breach of ffp inserting his own cash into the clubs affairs that way 😀 he could take a pay cut though and sort it that way.

GxbEcho
GxbEcho
6 months ago

why are we desperate to sell him? i dont understand

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  GxbEcho

Well… Selling is one thing but loaning out the guy for free while paying (a part of) his salary is a whole different thing! Beyond crazy!! Just when you think Milan management cannot do any worse they will bring up a new thing.

Now that Piatek is going to the Spurs I bet they’ll buy a nobody with 0 experience in Serie A to score 1 or 2 goals in Milan for +30M€ (and then loan him out for free while paying his 5M€/y salary).

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
6 months ago
Reply to  anom

Not hundred % convinced that piatek actually will be let go off yet but it worries me as i see him as one to keep and with the addition of either new wings, more creative cm’s or a new formation could very well make the difference for him to get back on track.

anom
anom
6 months ago

What makes you think so (Piatek not leaving)? Logic? Common sense? They don’t have those things in Casa Milan nowadays. “If it sounds too idiotic to be true, it must be true” is the new slogan for Milan management. I’m all for keeping Piatek and in fact would prefer him in 4-4-2 with Zlatan. Piatek knows how to score and Ibra knows how to create chances. Too bad Zlatan wants Leao next to him and Pioli does what the King says. Leao couldn’t score to an empty net from 2 meters away. But then again… Same could be said about… Read more »

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
6 months ago
Reply to  anom

Well if previous reports from his agent are to be believed then piatek would deem it a failure to leave the club so soon after joining us and besides of that also is intriqued to work with zlatan. I dont think there is any reason to believe that zlatan infact prefers to play with leao as it seems to me if you are referring to the article with zlatan comforting a seemingly nearly crying leao. That is made into a story about him wanting to play with him instead of piatek. Nowadays we often hear the phrase fake news when… Read more »

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
6 months ago
Reply to  GxbEcho

They are obviously trying to cut their losses as he is fairly high paid at around 3 mil but id at minimum have given him to the summer and see if he would actually get back to something reminiscent of his former self. Im appalled about this choice though and feel confident that it will bite us in the rearend.

anom
anom
6 months ago

”Milan will contribute with paying part of Caldara’s salary at Atalanta, according to Corriere della Sera”

I was going to write “you gotta be joking!!!” but I immediately realized that it’s the Milan way. Milan management always thinks of the other clubs first and want to help them. So generous of them. Wise use of their unlimited money chest, eh? FFS, kill me now!!!

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
6 months ago
Reply to  anom

Yeah its depressing to be a milan fan nowadays but nothing new under the sun here as we just keep repeating old patterns again and again hoping for a miracle to occour.

dapito
dapito
6 months ago

no wonder no one wants buy milan… we have bad management…
caldara bought 35 mill, sale 15… loss 20 mill
biglia almost 40 mill… useless
piatek bought 35 mill… sale 28 mill… loss 7 mill
and i dont know how many loss before…

Ted
Ted
6 months ago
Reply to  dapito

They are not making any loss in the eyes of UEFA and is all under FFP cause they calculated player’s values after amortisation. But they are not making any profit either… Although they are our beloved legends they are incapable of running a club and should leave in the end of the season

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Legend on the field -status shouldn’t matter if your basic math skills don’t go beyond 1+1=2. Even though I love Maldini & Boban, I wish them gone ASAP. They are ruining the club even more than before – if even possible. I used to love the summer and January transfer windows. So many rumours and that excitement who’s gonna come and go. Now I f’ng hate it! They will only bring in useless, overpriced garbage and they’ll finance their transfers by selling decent players for ridiculous prices. Instead of fixing the team they are just making thing even worse. I… Read more »

dapito
dapito
6 months ago

maybe its to late for clearing sale the squad… i still remember wrote this forum milan must sell suso when roma or other clubs wants him… or even when gattuso is milan coach, i still said suso must OUT… even i got so many thumbs down… everbody get blind when he score in friendly but not me… now we have to face, no one clubs wants him… he isnot world class player but we put him in high price… and now elliot wants to stop another loss… i dont know what management strategy to handle this situation… my suggestion is… Read more »

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  dapito

I honestly don’t care anymore if they let him leave for free since he’s only damaging the squad without giving anything positive to the team. Sure, he can score a beautiful goal (or even two) per year but for a club like Milan it’s not enough. Just look e.g. Atalanta. Their RW scored two goals against us only and I think has already ~10 goals this season. Now THAT’S the stats Milan needs from their wingers and not 2 goals per season like Calha & Suso can do (at their best).

Agustinar
Agustinar
6 months ago

I don’t understand what’s wrong with this club.

whereisthespirit
whereisthespirit
6 months ago

i don’t understand. milan let caldara goes to atalanta for a loan deal and milan set to buy kjaer, atalanta’s benchwarmer.
is it me who is too genius…or milan’s management ia too dumb?

Assim
Assim
6 months ago

Let’s be logical here. U have to be waaay more than stupid to loan out a 40M player for free with a option to buy for 15M only and pay his salary too. There must be a missing piece , an unspoken condition , like we can get him back whenever we want during the 18month loan or something , because no matter howa stupid our management are , they can’t be THIS stupid! And if u ask why they didn’t declare the buyback clause or whatever it might be , then i think because Atalanta fans won’t accept it… Read more »

anom
anom
6 months ago
Reply to  Assim

You underestimate their stupidity. 😀