A complicated operation from day one. Because for several weeks now, Leonardo has been thinking about testing the ground in a serious way with Sassuolo for two names that have been in the viewfinder of the club for a long time: Stefano Sensi and Alfred Duncan, considered by Milan opportunities to pursue for January or June.
It is no coincidence that the idea started at the level of indirect contacts for a month, take one and maybe try to block the other for the future. Even in recent days, Milan made new attempts - this time directly with Sassuolo.
In short, not only Fabregas and co., for economic reasons Milan is evaluating various opportunities that the market can offer in the midfield department. Sassuolo, however, have raised a very high well. The President Giorgio Squinzi considers the players not for sale. Milan opened the door to dialogue on the formula with a loan with a right of redemption, but the president would only sell them for an indecent offer, and only one of them.
Duncan has been a target for Milan for some time, while Sensi is really appreciated by Leonardo and the contacts are more concrete, but Sassuolo has no intention of sitting at the table, if not to its own, with very high demands coming from the club. It is a complicated deal, but we are only at the end of December and there is still a month of the market ahead, where everything can happen.
Fabrizio Romano. Translated by Nikita Fesyukov
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