Junior Messias is the reinforcement chosen by Milan for the attack, the 30-year-old will cost less than €10m.
Milan have spent the entire summer looking for the right profile to bolster the attack of Stefano Pioli. The Rossoneri were initially linked with names like Hakim Ziyech, Nikola Vlašić, James Rodríguez, before switching to more affordable solutions like Brest’s Romain Faivre and Porto’s Jesús Corona.
However, failing in closing a deal for Faivre yesterday, getting a firm ‘no’ from Brest, Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara chose to move quickly and sign Junior Messias.
As reported by Gianluca Di Marzio and others, over the night Maldini and Crotone negotiated a deal for Messias and managed to reach an agreement. The 30-year-old, who in his resume has only one season of Serie A football – last year, when he scored 9 goals and assisted 4 more – will arrive.
Messias comes on loan for €2.6m and a buy-out option for €5.4m plus €1m bonuses. He most likely arrives to strengthen the bench and be an alternative for Brahim Díaz, who is Milan’s new #10 and the starting trequartista for the 2021/22 season. Messias is naturally an attacking midfielder and so, unlike Faivre, he won’t be able to also provide cover for the right winger position.
Crotone President Gianni Vrenna was caught by Milannews.it outside of a hotel in the city last night and confirmed the deal:
“Yes. Deal on loan with option to buy. The guy is very happy, you will see what Messias will do at Milan.”
What did Milan do more to get the player?
“Milan strongly wanted him because they believe in the guy and we believe in him too. To carry out such a deal, we believe in the qualities and skills of the guy. Let’s hope the field speaks…”
A beautiful story for him…
“We hope this story can continue.”
You too have given him an important opportunity…
“Let’s say it was thanks to my son Raffaele, who strongly wanted him at Crotone. Now he goes to an important city. Among other things I’m a Milan fan so double happiness and satisfaction for me.”