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.