Renato Sanches will likely join Milan, even though it may take more time.
Every few hours Milan fans only read news (which are not always ‘new’) about Renato Sanches and Sven Botman, the two Lille players who could very soon become new players of Stefano Pioli.
The latest, as reported by Milannews.it, indicates that Renato is very close to joining Milan. The negotiations between Milan and Lille over the Portuguese are at the final stages and a figure of €15-18m should be agreed. The player’s salary meanwhile will be €3m net plus bonuses.
Talks have been going on for months but everything should be concluded between the end of the month and the start of July. The reason for the delays lies with internal corporate issues at Lille. The French club needs to gather money and are currently deciding whether to sell their players before the end of June, so the sales are accounted for the current fiscal year, or after June so the money that will be received for Sanches (and Botman) will be accounted for the next fiscal year.
Milan have been following Sanches for years, already from his time at Bayern Munich. However now seems like the time for the parties to finally unite. With Franck Kessié leaving on a free, Renato would give Pioli another option in midfield, both in the central duo and in the trequartisti zone.
The situation for Botman meanwhile, is a bit more complex, per MN. While the desire of the Dutchman is clear and known and his number one desire is to join Milan, Lille would like to monetize the player as much as possible and sell him top the Premier League, where Newcastle are knocking.
An agreement between the center back and Milan is believed to be in place for quite some time over a five-year deal, but the Rossoneri need Lille to lower their demands for a deal to be struck.