Milan need to decide what to do with their loaned in players after qualifying for the Champions League.
The Diavolo ended the season on a high with a 2-0 win away over Atalanta which got them qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 8 years.
Now it’s time for the summer transfer market, and Milan are already moving – having signed Mike Maignan to replace the leaving Gianluigi Donnarumma – and they need to make some decisions soon.
During the season, the Diavolo had a few players on loan – some with option to buy and some with no option: Sandro Tonali (from Brescia), Diogo Dalot (from Manchester United), Brahim Díaz (from Real Madrid), Soualiho Meïté (from Torino) and Fikayo Tomori (from Chelsea).
Sky Italia today took stock of the situation with those who were loaned in during the 2020/21 season. Sky reports that there is no doubt that both Tonali and Tomori will stay. It’s been clear since day 1 that the midfielder would stay, while the defender had an excellent half season in red and black, and Milan seem intent on keeping the player, despite the relatively high €28m buy-out option.
Milan will also try to keep Brahim Díaz for another year and to extend his loan and maybe insert a buy-out option. The Spaniard grew as the season went on and he would also like to stay. Today the player tweeted: “It has been an incredible year“, and it remains to be seen what will happen.
Evaluations are being made over the future of Meïté, while Dalot will return to Manchester United. The Portuguese defender, who proved useful as the campaign continued, tweeted yesterday: “New country, different experiences, same passion! What a season full of emotions, with new goals to achieve and new things to learn. It was a great year for me and a pleasure to be part of this team and this amazing club. So happy I could help the club get back to the Champions League #ForzaMilan“.
Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara now have the task of building a squad for the Champions League and many of the players who helped the Diavolo get there may not be here next season.