Kalulu to join Milan on a free transfer, the 20-year-old right-back should be in Italy for his medical on Monday

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Pierre Kalulu during RB Leipzig U19-Lyon U19 at Red Bull Akademie on October 2, 2019. (@imagoimages)

Pierre Kalulu will play for the Diavolo next season and he’s capable of taking a role anywhere in the back four.

The season of Milan resumed last night as they took on Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final, which ended in a 0-0 draw resulting in the Diavolo getting eliminated due to away goals.

However, the management is already thinking of next season and it appears that they have secured the first signing of the summer: 20-year-old defender Pierre Kalulu.

The news was broken on Saturday by L’Equipe and was later confirmed by Milannews.it, Gianluca Di Marzio and others: Kalulu has decided to turn down an offer from Lyon to renew his expiring deal and has decided to join Milan, snubbing Bayern Munich who also wanted him.

Kalulu, a versatile defender who primarily plays as a right back but can also play on the left and in the center of defense, is brought by Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara. In fact, L’Equipe suggest that a conversation between the Frenchman and Maldini is what made the youngster choose Milan over the others. Kalulu was approved by all the scouts of Milan and he’ll arrive for almost free.

Nicolò Schira says Milan will play Lyon €480k for the player as FIFA training fees. Meanwhile, there is a total agreement between the club and the player’s agent Vlado Lemić for a contract until June 2025, worth €500k per season. According to Di Marzio, on Monday Kalulu will be in Milano for his medical.

While Kalulu never played for Lyon’s first team, he was the Captain of the U19 team and played 16 games in the UEFA Youth League as a starter. He is known for his stamina and is a modern fullback.

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Milan10
Milan10
24 days ago

while nazidis lately has been trying his best to show his true colors (imposing salary cap for players while he himself earns a lot more than most players, refusing to visit the players at training ground and even refusing to learn basic italian, doing backdoor deal with rangnick etc), maldini once again struck gold with this signing. hell, maldini could strike a lot more (correa, de paul etc) if nazidis and elliott would just back him up. i’ve never seen kalulu play but judging by clips on utube, he seems to be solid modern fullback who can also play as… Read more »

Fari
Fari
24 days ago

Milan just dont have patience we player dats one of they biggest problems

Fari
Fari
24 days ago
Reply to  Fari

With*

Ted
Ted
24 days ago

Kid was convinced by Maldini just as Theo was. They will regret showing him the door. Gazidis will be the downfall of this club and it won’t be long till most of the fans will call for his head. I already am done with him.

Richis
Richis
24 days ago
Reply to  Ted

Actually, it’s massara deal.

Ted
Ted
24 days ago
Reply to  Richis

Sure it is, it is his area of expertise to scout and report young talents. But it was reportedly a conversation with Maldini that convinced the kid.

Ted
Ted
24 days ago

Boban convinced Ibra to rejoin Milan and reportedly had Modrić locked in negotiations – sacked

Maldini got us Theo and Kalulu after personally talking with them – sacked

Gazidis is a cancer

Deku
Deku
22 days ago
Reply to  Ted

Gazidis brought Ragnick, those 2 will bring structure, the one we hadn’t seen for the past 8-9 years.

Deku
Deku
23 days ago

Kalulu and Kouassi for free. We now have even more to spend on other positions. We can swap Paqueta for Milinkovic(CB & RB). Buy Kjaer for 2.5M and loan Gabbia for experience, maybe even use the loan deal to help us get Tonali, I would hate for a Milanista to join Inter. We now go for young LB for Theo sub, Dumfiers or main parter for Romagnoli (depending on how Milinkovic would be used). Musacchio, Laxalt, Duarte, Conti, Calabria and RR sales would bring 40-45M. In CM positions we have Bennacer, Kessie and Pobega. Tonali would be a dream and… Read more »

Last edited 23 days ago by Deku
zumblim
zumblim
22 days ago

I support the project with young players. However I have concern that Milan up until now failed to develop young players. Many talented young players came to milan first team both form outside or their youth ranks. Many of them failed and some impress in their new team. Kluivert,Davids,Pasalic,Pentagna, Cutrone, Locatelli, Viera, De Sicglio, Di Gennaro, Mastour,etc It seems milan only want to field a well-developed young players and doesn’t have a good sytem to grow the youngster.
I am afarid that Gabbia, Brescianini will be next victim

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Deku
Deku
22 days ago
Reply to  zumblim

Mastour was just an off-pitch hype he has never proved anything on the actual pitch, De Sciglio left us although he could have turned out to be an amazing fullback but he was with us when we were the weakest team in the history of Milan (Traore, Costant, Urby Emanuelson and all those forbidden to be spoken out loud names), Kluivert and Davids were with us 20 years ago I don’t believe they count. The only ones I actually am till this day confused about are just 5: Locatelli, Cristante, Petagna, Cutrone(who imo is better than LEAO), and soon we… Read more »

Raven
Raven
21 days ago
Reply to  Deku

Locatelli doesn’t have any muscles, the guy is not technically gifted enough to to have his physique. Overhyped, still, I’m sorry to see him go.   Cristante: Just had a good season, let’s calm down with him, even if he keeps his performances he is a very late bloomer.   Petagna: The same as Cristante, and not the player any big team needs.   Cutrone: This guy will go unnoticed for the most part of his career, he did things only a motivated man can do. His goals are due to great positioning, and his positioning is bad, he just… Read more »

Zumblim
Zumblim
20 days ago
Reply to  Raven

Do pirlo and inzaghi have muscle? Is gattuso technically gifted? One thing for sure,their names were written down in Milan‘s history and will be rembered as stars. It is not a matter of muscle or technically gifted. It is about how to get best out of a player. Milan failed in this case. Look at Atalanta, with limited budget, they actually signed players who are theoritically not needed by big clubs and promote the youngsters. The performance of the team is quite stable in the last 3 season,even better than milan. Conti and Kessie shined at atalanta, at milan they… Read more »

Raven
Raven
20 days ago
Reply to  Zumblim

No, Pirlo and Inzaghi did not need to rely on muscle, they football IQ didnlal the work, Gattuso said it himself, I thought I was a football player until I saw Pirlo on the field. Loca was tried as a regista, failed miserably, he is did better as a box to box, but he doesn’t have the stamina, or aggression, or technique. Players like Calabria, Cutrone and Locatelli needed time, or champions to tutor them, to mold them into the way of being a Milan star. Instead, Loca was told, there, “here are the keys of the midfield”. Is not… Read more »

Raven
Raven
22 days ago

If this kid has a similar impact as Theo, then we are only missing a central back, and Gabbia deserves a chance.
 
Bennacer and Kessie can develop to be an unbeatable pair. Tiresless strong mf, one technical, other a tank tackler.
 
Imagine Rebic, Ozil and Paqueta behind Cavani.
 
Allegri as the coach, that’s an affordable road for CL qualification.
 
For my Milan10sta friend, Bakayoko as a regista, Ozil trequartista, Rebic and Cavani up front.
 

Deku
Deku
22 days ago
Reply to  Raven

Cavani max 2 years and it won’t be anything special, similar to Ibra. Ozil’s career has been dead for the past 5 years why would anyone want him? I prefer Tonali, Florentino Luis and Torreira to Bakayoko(if we had bought him last year yeah but I think it’s a bit too late to be crying over spilled milk).

Raven
Raven
21 days ago
Reply to  Deku

Is not spilled milk, if a serious management put an offer on the table we buy him, is just Gazidis aka handbrake who is holding us down.
 
Ozil is the player we need the most, a link between mf and st. Since Kaka left we have a void in that role. Piatek, Cutrone, Silva, Kalinic, Bacca, Torres Higuain, Zlatan can tell you that I’m right.
 
Your options are good, but expensive
 
 
 
 

Deku
Deku
20 days ago
Reply to  Raven

Chelsea want 42M for him, we can settle with Brescia for 40-45M. yeah my alternatives which are better than Baka are way to expensive…. XD

Raven
Raven
20 days ago
Reply to  Deku

Tonalli is future, we need present, if I could buy any I still go with Tonalli. But is a bigger gamble. Bakayoko is tried and thruth the man to lead the midfield. What if we pull another Piatek with Sandro? Anyways, I said we only need Ozil and Cavani, I trust in the pair Bennacer-Kessie. Ozil can lead the central midfield area alone. Cavani will go to inter, but he is also an inexpensive option and a proven winner. I’m sure Madrid still regrets not going after him when they paid 100m for Bale. Now, I’m just dreaming, our manager… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
22 days ago
Reply to  Raven

“Imagine Rebic, Ozil and Paqueta behind Cavani.” really mate, a 4-2-3-1? milan were on winning streak with 4-4-2 before inter match but then stupioli showed his true colors and copped out abandoning the winning formation because he’s a coward and milan, goddammit, have been on losing streak ever since. oh well, at the very least rangnick i knew was avid user of 4-4-2 at schalke and leipzig and i hope thats one of good things going on for him at milan. donna the repent dumfries – kjaer/milenkovic – romag – theo samu – baka/flo luis – ben – rebic/leao jovic… Read more »

Raven
Raven
21 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Is all about the balls, when a dressing room is lost there is nothing else to do.
 
Changing the tactics after defeat is always a morale destroyer. Is like everything done was wrong. Players did bad, some will be benched, and the coach is an loser and coward.
 
The mastermind the future of italian football the soon to be WC winner Giampaolo is the perfect example.
 
The first stepping stone for our return to glory must be offering ragnick a 10 year contract, 5 years up front. So, an asshole like Gazidis can’t fire him.

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago
Reply to  Raven

its not only about the balls, its also about the insufficient fund for mercato. stupioli and giamfanculo are pragmatic cowards, yes but to be fair milan didnt let them build team as they wanted. giamfanculo reverted back to 4-3-3 because he felt milan wasnt build for 4-3-1-2 due to garbage mercato (no correa as am etc). hell, just few days back vs juve milan only had 1 st available thus theres no way milan could’ve used 4-4-2.
hopefully now that rangnick will become manager (a coach AND sd), milan will operate better in mercato

Ted
Ted
22 days ago

There are strong reports suggesting Milan would like to swap Paqueta for Fiorentina’s Milenkovic. That would be lovely, I see him as an ideal partner to Romagnoli with Kjaer and Gabbia as alternatives.

The only thing I am worried about is Paqueta’s possible refusal to leave.

OmarLittle
OmarLittle
21 days ago
Reply to  Ted

That would be foolish not a chance that i would exchange Paqueta for Milenkovic if Fiorentina want Paqueta then they better offer something really good like Castrovilli or Chiesa…

Deku
Deku
20 days ago
Reply to  OmarLittle

Milinkovic is an amazing defender, rather than CB, he should be brought as RB, and then try to pull of a miracle with Upamecano. Paqueta has had one mediocre half of a season an one horrible season.
 
T.Hernandez-Romagnoli-Upamecano-Milenkovic
Donnarumma
 
I’d rather have these guys in my defense, than to have an overrated Brazillian.

OmarLittle
OmarLittle
20 days ago
Reply to  Deku

Paqueta has the potential to be a great player i just dont think he has adapted to european football and life in Italy yet… You want to put Milenkovic as a RB he is too slow and clumsy to be a wingback he is a CB and you overrate his abilities Milan should get Dumfries as a RB he can be like Theo but on the right side
but i agree with you about Upamecano but i dont think Milan can afford him he will take up more than half our transfer budget this summer
 

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Milan10
Milan10
22 days ago

“This is why we didn’t go to our maximum, there were all the conditions to go to the final without exerting everything.” – sarri
lol look at this poser talking milan down. 2 penalties AND 2 red cards AND 3 suspensions, of course u didnt go to ur max u clown. not even ur own player kepa respects ur own clown self

Ted
Ted
21 days ago

*fantasy football alert*

Donna
Kalu/Dumf Mile/Kjaer Roma/Gabbia Theo/?
Samu/Saels Florent/Kessie Isma/Pobega Szbo/Calh
Jovic/Colombo Rebic/Leao

Afordable and talented 442 for Rangnick

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago

TONITE ON LIKE MILAN10 SAID “Milan10 3 months ago rino does well with napoli because he, like pioli, is such good caretaker because he has good heart and most importanly because napoli is actually a team specifically built for 4-3-3, a formation rino loves and used stupidly incessantly at milan despite milan not having players to pull it off (ance, being a good old milanista that he is, used 4-4-2 this season with napoli and look where it got him. formation DOES matter).” congrats to rino for winning coppa and most importantly, for beating juve. see? with proper formation, tactics… Read more »

Raven
Raven
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

TONITE ON LIKE MILAN10 SAID
 
“Milan10
10 months ago
 
Les midtables: its not the coaches fault, its the players fault milan played horribly last season. 4-3-3 is the way to go. Gattuso should stay. and for god’s sake suso was born as rw thus he shouldnt play as am/ss even though we also said milan should sell laxalt AND ricrod so we can play lord borivaldo out of position as lb.
giampaolo: yeah well, thats cute but thank god i am actually a milan10ista as i should be”
 
Geez, that comment didn’t aged well…

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago
Reply to  Raven

i wrote “les midtables: bla bla bla” meaning i was being sarcastic by pretending i was one of les midtables writing what midtables would have written back then hence the colon (punctuation) or “:”
true milan10ian would never write “4-3-3 is the way to go” come on
and u know why giamfanculo (or rino, allegri, and practically ALL milan coaches this decade except miha) was fired? because he tried to abandon milan10ian way by using 4-3-3 instead of 4-4-2. now stupioli is digging his own grave too with his 4-2-3-1 nonsense

Raven
Raven
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

I understand the context of your opinion. What didn’t aged well was your Giampaolo being a Milan10sta statement.   Is useless to talk about the past, but Milan didn’t have too many choices other than 433 mate.   Look at the team the management gave him.   Pepe Reina – Not needed Ivan Strinić – Milan Lab brilliance Alen Halilović – Useless Mattia Caldara – Milan Lab at best Gonzalo Higuain – Good Tiémoué Bakayoko – Loan/Good Diego Laxalt – Meh/Backup Samu Castillejo – Meh/Backup.   Suso did best as RW, not as a AM/SS as you said 10 months… Read more »

Last edited 20 days ago by Raven
Milan10
Milan10
19 days ago
Reply to  Raven

TONITE ON LIKE MILAN10 SAID “Milan10 7 hours ago Reply to Raven its not only about the balls, its also about the insufficient fund for mercato. stupioli and giamfanculo are pragmatic cowards, yes but to be fair milan didnt let them build team as they wanted. giamfanculo reverted back to 4-3-3 because he felt milan wasnt build for 4-3-1-2 due to garbage mercato (no correa as am etc). hell, just few days back vs juve milan only had 1 st available thus theres no way milan could’ve used 4-4-2. hopefully now that rangnick will become manager (a coach AND sd),… Read more »

Zion Train
Zion Train
18 days ago
Reply to  Raven

The majority problem was Maldini and Boban. Signing Giampaolo was their idea and he was a major flop. Same can be said about Leao who is no striker. A winger at best but Leao is a flop.

Also, Gazidis wanted Rangnick to replace Gattuso because the budget they had to work with and Maldini rejected the idea completely without even considering it. He wanted Giampaolo which was a bad decision. He should stuck with Gattuso.

Milan10
Milan10
18 days ago
Reply to  Zion Train

u know ur les midtables member when: 1) u consider player who barely even plays in his 1st season a flop. i bet les midtables considered san marco, savicevic, hell even davids and kluivert flops too. 2) u praise nazidis as some kind of visionary budget ceo when nazidis has turned arsenal into crap team for good. hell, he even refused ibra twice when its clear that milan cant even score without ibra and/or 4-4-2. 3) u think rino would be successful this season with milan when he couldnt even secure 4th spot when teams like lazio, napoli, atalanta etc… Read more »

Raven
Raven
17 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

1), Leao is an overhyped kid who hasn’t done anything to deserve a starting role at Milan. At least Silva showed promising signs of being a good player. Stop saying he is a forward, every time he plays he goes wide on the left, his best role would be a LW, his first touch is horrible, his positioning is disgusting, how can he be a CF that way. It’s like you are hyped, you say your opinion/prediction and never change it, this kid will get sold soon.   2) Gazidis is a yes man for the Elliot management, the handbrake… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
17 days ago
Reply to  Raven

1) leao is the most talented milan player, along with donna. theo, ben and romag not far behind them. henry also failed with juve because he never had the chance to play in his prefered position. when leao finally fulfills his potential in the future lets see how u comment on him. anyone who thinks leao is on par with niang clearly doesnt understand football. hell, even niang does play well lately, as do silva, cristante, loca hell even gabriel and piatek. all the need is proper playing time 2) i saw arsenal’s last 2 performances and they looked disgusting.… Read more »

Raven
Raven
17 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

1) Yes that’s my opinion, we will debate in the future, Niang was also overhyped remember? EL92 balo Niang we thought we had a trio for 10 years. Talent is one thing, consistence and a champion mentality is another. I’m not denying his talent I just think that he is raw, he needs like 2 seasons at least. 2) Fuck Nazidis, Inter gets, Conte Cavani, erikseen, Godin. With Boban modric was possible. 3) Until a coach arrives and gets us to CL, I will keep bitching about rino, as I did with Miha and I did with Seedorf. Barely won… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
16 days ago
Reply to  Raven

1) any seasoned rossoblog regular knows: whether u think ur right or wrong, milan10 is always certified right *wink 2) arsenal is a mess and even rb leipzig aint title challengers yet. sorry but if ur team cant beat my fav dortmund then im not impressed (werner, a winger turned st just like i said suso could be back then, sucked too last night). milan deserves better than that 3) any coach who lost home and away to inter AND juve doesnt deserve to stay. regarding maldini, i just saw newcastle and st maximin, one of maldini/boban’s targets, was fairly… Read more »

Last edited 16 days ago by Milan10
Raven
Raven
16 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

3) Juve and Inter are fighting for the title, Milan is still fighting for CL. The difference is just too much. But hey, Rino managed to beat Inter and Juve with Napoli. Guess that his tactics weren’t the problem but the team he was given. Maldini needs to stay, IMO the man made a mistake, but no one could’ve anticipated the big asshole giampaolo is. Anyway, if the mom beligerance pact between him and Gazidis suggest something is that he will also be given the opportunity to resign. Certanely the bastard won’t have the bad press to pull a boban… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
15 days ago
Reply to  Raven

3) correctamundo mate. milan was and is still not built for 4-3-3 so rino and milan are ill suited for each other. but napoli has been built specifically for 4-3-3 so no wonder rino finds his mojo there. im happy for him that he won coppa, especially after what happened to his sister. i really enjoyed how napoli really showed grinta vs inter and juve and if other team should win serie a i hope its either atalanta or napoli. lazio or roma i dont really like but i hope juve and inter will never win it again for a… Read more »

Raven
Raven
17 days ago
Reply to  Zion Train

Yes, you’re right.
 
Boban trashed Rino before joining Milan, once he took the role he destroyed the team, and didn’t have the balls to admit he was wrong.
 
Maldini said It’s not my job to be friends with Rino. He shouldn’t leave, but he is to blame for the Giampaolo’s fiasco.
 
Maldini says Rino is my friend but…. Rino “resigns”
Maldini says I completely support Giampaolo, then the asshole is sacked.
 
Maldini was wrong, but Gazidis and Elliot also don’t have any faith in him, so he is just used to sell tickets. Another legend roasted.

Milan10
Milan10
18 days ago

i’ve been thinking, now that napoli has pretty much secured european spot by beating juve and juve itself will surely qualify for ucl, does that mean 7th placed in the league will also qualify for el (given napoli finish 6th or above)? i hope so

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
17 days ago

I dont get why people here isnt hyped about the idea of Rangnick joining us. He is very methodical and has clear ideas of how he want his teams to play. He buys fairly cheap players that often has gone under the radar of other teams that fits his vision and then let them grow their talent and if at some point a huge offer arives then potentially maximizes the investment many times than what was initially paid. He increases the value and esteem of the clubs he has worked with.and has been a succes wherever he has gone. Not… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
16 days ago

i really dont think any milanista doubt rangnick’s credentials. i myself think he’s slight upgrade from what milan had last decade (barring allegri of course). like i said, he’s on spalletti’s level and if anything is true about spalletti its that he takes his clubs to ucl. 4-4-2 formation, the desire to just raid bundesliga for young gems, fast paced football with high pressing and high defensive line; these things are what i’ve been saying for years and rangnick is the whole package. personally i prefer proven winner like allegri (hell, dortmund and ajax do scouting and nurturing even better… Read more »

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
16 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Hey there Milan10 Allegri when he joined us compared to rangnick now id still say rangnick is pretty much far ahead as allegri had 7 years of experience and one coach of the year award when he joined us from cagliari whereas rangnick has transformed several clubs and been working since early to mid 80ies. I’ll add to that even though allegris stint at juventus looks quite impressive its not as shiny as it might seem as juventus was so overpowered compared to the remaining teams id argue any decent coach would have won most of those championship if they… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
15 days ago

hello there mate, long time no talk. i hope u and ur loved ones have been doing ok during this pandemic. allegri is master tactician. he even often outsmarted pep and wenger. the way his teams changed formations even during matches is marvellous sight to behold and learn from. he knew penaldo thrives on fast paced wingplay while playing as lw thus penaldo assimilation with juve during allegri era was smooth. now sarri the fool plays penaldo as st even though aside from his fantastic jump power, penaldo offers very little playing as st because he tends to drop deep… Read more »

Last edited 15 days ago by Milan10
Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
15 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Thanks and yeah im fine and likewise to you. I think its subjective whos the best as i said allegri has been coaching juve for five years and 4 for milan comparing him coaching two big teams with ranick isnt comparable in the sense that the biggest team he coached was schalke and last time they won a championship was in 1958.Allegri hadnt won anything before joining milan either. Anyways think he is much more fitted for what we need at milan currently and i believe allegri would demand on top of 10mil in anual wages. Well he the germans… Read more »

Last edited 15 days ago by Martin Bernhard