Milan fail in bids for Simakan, Strasbourg rejected €12m plus €3m and 20% of a future resale for the defender

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Mohamed Simakan during Strasbourg-Lyon at Meinau Stadium on November 30, 2019.

Milan were going all in for Mohamed Simakan with just a few hours left on the mercato, after missing out on Kabak.

Milan have been chasing after a defender for nearly the entire market, but with the deadline in just a few hours (20:00 CET), there is still no reinforcement for coach Stefano Pioli in central defense.

The day started with two names: Ozan Kabak of Schalke and Antonio Rüdiger. However, over the course of the day, the talks for Kabak broke down completely and the new main target for the defense became Mohamed Simakan of Strasbourg.

As reported by Loïc Tanzi of RMC Radio and later also by Antonio Vitiello of Milannews.it and others, there is an agreement in place between Milan and Simakan over a five-year contract. The 20-year-old center back wants to join Pioli’s side and is pushing to facilitate a late transfer.

However, an agreement with Strasbourg has still not been reached. Money is extremely tight for the Diavolo and they are in no mood to spend a lot. The first offer of Milan for the Frenchman was €8m plus bonuses, but it was turned down. Now, the club has presented a new offer for the player: €12m plus €3m of bonuses and 20% to Strasbourg from the fee of a future sale.

The updates during the evening arrived: Strasbourg did not budge (even though Milan reportedly even raised to €15m plus bonuses), and also Simakan will not be joining the Diavolo.

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Milanellofm
Milanellofm
22 days ago

I hope this isn’t true. We don’t need this guy. He is no better than what we have. Maybe for future but K immediately

alexmilan55
alexmilan55
22 days ago
Reply to  Milanellofm

He’s better than Gabbia in my oppinion, robust, technical, aggresive in tackling, he played also as RB, it’s good

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
22 days ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

But we need somebody that is a guaranteed starter, not someone who is probably better than gabbia. I’m not convinced by him, but hey I’m happy if he proves me wrong. Being linked with all these defenders then turning to him as a last day signing means we failed to land our targets

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
22 days ago
Reply to  Milanellofm

We doesnt really need a guaranteed starter because that would mean we would bench either kjær or romagnoli who has worked well above expectations. What we do need though is to find someone who can step up if called upon and who slowly can get ready to take over from kjær in a year or two or something. In that regard he fits the mould.

Last edited 22 days ago by Martin Bernhard
Milan10
Milan10
22 days ago

lol 20% on future resale. these loan sharks of milan already plan to pull a dortmund or rb leipzig and sell simakan even before they buy him. disgraceful. milan have seen better days but by god it is NOT feeder club goddammit.
also, i can already tell bennacer’s super low 50m release clause will cause problem next summer mercato. what were they thinking?

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
21 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

I think that they are planning to renew his contract before the clause activated, but the fact that Tonali is going to be bought and kessie’s contract doesn’t give any hint to be renewed soon, they are making a very big gamble

Kamakazi
Kamakazi
22 days ago

At this point. I will not get a CB. Other clubs will try to get us to overpay. We will have our captain back after internal break. Mussachio is still better than this guy since he knows the team and have a partnership already with others. He will be back in Nov. rather wait till Jan window. It’s a risk but a better one than pay for a guy we don’t know is good enough and no experience. Rather get a RW. Too late for that now I guess.

Kamakazi
Kamakazi
22 days ago
Reply to  Kamakazi

Then sell Musachio in Jan and get a proper center back.

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
21 days ago
Reply to  Kamakazi

His contract is running out. Any visitor would just be waiting and offer him contract

Last edited 21 days ago by Ranajaya
alexmilan55
alexmilan55
22 days ago
Reply to  Kamakazi

Musacchio is just more experienced than Simakan, not better

Kamakazi
Kamakazi
22 days ago
Reply to  alexmilan55

I don’t know how Simakan plays but I am sure he is not worth €20M+. At that price we rather wait till Jan and actually focus on getting a good option from now till then. Simakan won’t even get into the team till Jan when captain is back. In Europaleague I am sure we can survive with Gabbi and Muchasio. And we have 5 subs. Maybe play our main center back not the pull game and give rest. I am just coming up with creative ideas. We do need a CB bit the money and time right now might cause… Read more »

Mike
Mike
22 days ago

Guys have you seen how is the agreement btw fiorentina and Juventus over chiesa?!?! The only thing comes to mind is fiorentina didn’t want to give him to Milan!!!

Kamakazi
Kamakazi
22 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Yeah. €50M for him is too much. He doesn’t score that often. I know it’s spread over a few years but the option turns into an obligation very easily as Juve will make the top 4. For €50M you rather get a A+ CB. But at the end of the day we don’t have that much of money to invest in one guy

Niels8
Niels8
22 days ago
Reply to  Mike

The deal cost around 60 M in total.. Milan didn’t want to pay that much.

Kamakazi
Kamakazi
22 days ago
Reply to  Niels8

Do you think he is worth that much?

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
22 days ago
Reply to  Mike

I doubt that is the case as fiorentina historically has had a bad relationship with both us and juventus but yeah seems like a done deal, when he left his medical what seemed like fiorentina fans was shouting “Shame on you, fool!”. In my disgust that we didnt get him ourself and he seemingly had more of an interest to join a team that allways wins i gotta agree with those fans :D. Yesterday i saw the apparent numbers related to that deal and it seems like juve is getting a 2 year loan at 2 mil first year and… Read more »

Rruudboy
Rruudboy
22 days ago

Greedy won’t make this management sign any better CB, always looking for some cheaper ones and you say you wanted champions league qualifications? Very stingy management

Anselm
22 days ago
Reply to  Rruudboy

Is not greedy but trying to balance the book

Rruudboy
Rruudboy
22 days ago
Reply to  Anselm

Ok if you say so

Nino
Nino
22 days ago
Reply to  Anselm

Which book? Nazidis is killing the club! No money released or spent for transfer – that’s crazy. Milan should have gotten a CB and sent Gabbia on loan. Once Romagnoli returns, Gabbia won’t play again.

Rossi
Rossi
22 days ago
Reply to  Anselm

The books were balanced long time ago. Didnt we quit EL last year just for FFP. We sold Suso, Paqueta and got 15mil from EL qualification this year. (Plus we let Biglia and Bonaventura to go on free to reduce salarys). Yet we didnt spend nothing so far only youth players and Tonali on loan and we want CL place. Eliot dosent even want to sign good free players like Inter and Juve are doing, cause this players have biger salarys. Thats why they are promoting youth players in the first team to fill in the gaps, youth players have… Read more »

Cage
Cage
22 days ago
Reply to  Rossi

Where is @Jane. Pls come and defend Gazidis and Mr Singer. Truth be told, we cant make top 4 this season. Its very painful as a fan to always feel this way every season. How can Milan not be able to seal a deal for a centre back or a winger before deadline. Nobody should come here and talk of balancing the book. Because the book is balanced already. We sold Suso, Paqueta, RR and freed some players and got 15M for EL qualification. What have we spent the money on? The management should just sell the club immediately.

Cage
Cage
22 days ago
Reply to  Anselm

Hahahahahha!! This reminds me of Uncle Fester. Book balancing.

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
22 days ago

Welp thats it! Lets move on. We got disappointed for sure and thats frustrating that we all hoped for some quality to arrive but it is what it is.

We have Ibra, Colombo, Maldini, Rebic, Hauge, Leao, Hakan, Diaz, Salaemaekers, Samu, Bennacer, Kessie, Tonali, Krunic, Roma,Gabbia(New Signing lol), Kjaer, Musa, Duarte, Theo, Conti, Calabria, Dalot AND DONNARUMMA THE GOD ALMIGHTY SAVIOR OF THE 20/21 SEASON.

LETS GO TOP 4! FORZA MILAN! Lets Keep hoping as always!

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
22 days ago

We missed out on a cb and rb. I hope it doesn’t bite us in the ass but once we get people back we should be fine. If not January ain’t too far away

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
22 days ago
Reply to  Milanellofm

Rw**

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
21 days ago

Milan bid came in a short notice, so it Iis understandable that no sane management would sell their main player with no time left to get the replacement. Knowing the limited budget he was given, maldini should’ve gone for loan player instead. I guess these has something to do with the failing of krunic’s sale and Chelsea reluctancy to loan us Bakayoko and let him to leave for our rival. Milan should’ve gone for rudiger, keep him rotating with romag and kjaer in the starting line up, Gabbia the fourth in line, and let duarte and musa for the last… Read more »

Last edited 21 days ago by Ranajaya