Suso rumours gathering steam; should AC Milan sell their star?

As Milan prepare for the upcoming season, Boban and Maldini are trying to work out what the squad should be like. Along with Giampaolo, therefore, they will have to decide which players should leave this summer, with the pre-season acting as a trial for those who are in the danger zone. 

One of these players is Suso. The Spaniard is arguably one of the Rossoneri’s best players, some would even say that he is the best, but next season will most likely be different. Giampaolo is keen on using the 4-3-1-2 formation, playing with a trequartista behind the two strikers. As you can tell, it clashes with Suso’s best interest, as he is at his best when playing on the right flank.

Therefore, the San Siro side are considering selling the player, registering a good capital gain after signing the player for just €1.5m back in 2015. In fact, the release clause in his contract is valued at €40m, though it is only valid to foreign clubs. In recent days, Roma have contacted the Rossoneri to request information about Suso, ready to make an offer for the player.

With that said, because of the release clause’s limitations and Milan’s willingness to sell the player, the transfer fee most likely won’t reach the €40m, should a deal go through with Roma. As of now, though, the transfer is only an idea, and the Giallorossi are still working out which offer to present. In order to lower the price, they are planning to include a technical counterpart.

As reported by earlier this afternoon, Defrel and Schick are two players that could be proposed to Milan as Giampaolo is a big fan of them both, having tutored them during his time at Sampdoria. In addition to one of the two, Milan would also receive cash: €15m if the Rossoneri decide to go with Defrel, but only €8-10m if Schick is the chosen one.

So, that begs the question: should Milan sell Suso? To answer that question, we will have to wait for more updates from the ongoing pre-season, as Giampaolo might be able to revitalize the Spaniard in a new position: perhaps behind the strikers, or as a second striker like he was at Genoa. Then again, the Rossoneri already have many players for these positions.

In many ways, it will come down to the offer on the table. Sure, Giampaolo is fond of both Defrel and Schick, but most of all the San Siro side are in need of money to balance their books. Furthermore, with a cash offer, they would have more freedom to find a suitable replacement, even though both the Roma players above would be able to slot into Giampaolo’s system.

Luckily, the Milan fans won’t have to make the decision, given how many different opinions there are on the matter. For Boban and Maldini, however, it will certainly be a tough decision to make: again, depending on which offers (if any) arrive.

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