The Italian press announces that Saelemaekers is about to leave: « Milan must sell before investing »
« Alex, our winger who scored a very important goal to win the title. A great player for us who comes to us from Belgium. When I met you, you were just a little kid. After a month, when you got your first paycheck, you’ve become a cool guy. You’ve made great sacrifices and you deserve this title. » In his own way, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wanted to congratulate Alexis Saelemaekers on his season. A year that ended with the first title of his career with the Scudetto. However, it was less productive than the 2020/2021 vintage. Intermittent of the show, the right side oscillated between the good and the ghostly.
Indisputable holder since his arrival in January 2020, the Red Devil has been less important this season. Blame it on a lower yield and the hatching of Junior Messias. In Italy, he is mainly criticized for his statistics at half mast and his lack of influence on the game of his team. In 36 Serie A games for 1864 minutes, he scored only once and provided three assists. Too little for a right winger. Even if we praise his mentality and his ability to withdraw defensively to keep a certain balance in the team on the side of Milanello.
For the Gazzetta dello Sport, the 22-year-old Belgian could be sacrificed. « From Rebic to Ballo Touré via Saelemaekers: Milan must sell before investing »headlines the daily. « Despite the fact that he has been an important protagonist in recent seasons, it is clear that the Belgian is a player who could change his jacket during the summer market »believe our colleagues.
The deal is quite simple: the Rossoneri are eyeing Nicolo Zaniolo. To carry out this transfer, the club would like to put 25 million on the table plus Saelemaekers. ‘The Italian could leave Roma because Mourinho is looking for players with different qualities’, judges the media. If Roma said no, the Salamander, as they are called in Italy, could still leave their club. « Saelemaekers is valued at €20m. Bought for just €7m, he won’t be short of suitors if Milan really decide to sell him. »
The former RSCA is not the only one in the hot seat. Rebic, Fadé Ballo-Touré, Messias, Florenzi, Bakayoko, Diaz… so many players whose future is uncertain. Especially since with the takeover of the club by the American fund RedBird Capital, we do not yet know who should replace these different elements.
When these different players are sold or their fate is determined, Stefano Pioli will be able to build his squad for next year. In addition to Zaniolo, two players playing in Bruges are targeted according to the Gazzetta: Noa Lang and Charles de Ketelaere. In short, the leaders of AC Milan have their work cut out for this summer.