The St. Petersburg club for the Croatian offers 25 million to CSKA, which reflects. The playmaker prefers the Rossoneri, but there is the crux of the formula
If it depended on him, he would solve it with a playmaker number as it is: dry dribbling at Zenit and then straight towards Milan. The point is that the pressure of the St. Petersburg club has become strong, so strong as to send CSKA into crisis and design new scenarios in Nikola Vlasic’s horizon: a Rossoneri shot is needed, now or never.
Yes, because an offer of 25 million euros has arrived on the table of the CSKA, all immediately. Sender, the Zenith. Formula and substance have made the Moscow company waver, in financial difficulties and therefore looking for cash to be put into their accounts in close proximity: faced with such an attractive proposal, the managers of the rossoblù club could decide to put aside the historic rivalry with Zenit and give him the precious piece, even at the cost of disappointing the fans and Vlasic himself, who would certainly prefer not to end up in St. Petersburg and not by chance has been watching the track that leads to Milan with great attention for months. And so, what on paper could have turned out to be an “ally” for Maldini and Massara, became the number one rival in the race for the Croatian attacking midfielder, the only one able at the moment to satisfy the requests of the Muscovites, which started from an evaluation of 30 million. What will Milan do?
So far, the dialogue with CSKA has always been stranded on the rock of the purchase conditions: while Milan proposed a loan with the right of redemption – even at important figures, as happened for Tomori -, the Russians did not yield from immediate collection. Either outright purchase or loan with mandatory redemption. Now that Zenit’s offer has materialized and risks making Vlasic escape, the Rossoneri managers must consider whether to move to another terrain, that of counter-proposals: insisting on the temporary solution could result in another overtaking-mockery, like that suffered by Juventus on the Kaio Jorge front. At the same time, CSKA’s next steps will also have to be weighed: if the reflections underway on Zenit’s offer were a strategy to “flush out” Milan and bring it out into the open? For sure, Nikola is waiting for a Rossoneri signal: in St. Petersburg they would guarantee him a contract certainly richer than the current 3 million net perceived at CSKA, but in order to wear the Milan shirt and test himself with Ibra and company, the 23-year-old. of Split would be willing to earn even something less than what Zenit offers. Landing in Italy, in a team with a glorious history and just returned to the Champions League like Milan, for Vlasic, would mean taking up a new challenge, after the flop in the Premier League with the Everton shirt in 2017-18.
Waiting for the next moves, two other profiles remain very topical at the Rossoneri’s house that could fill the box left empty by Calhanoglu: Julian Brandt of Borussia Dortmund and Marcel Sabitzer of Leipzig (with the Ziyech track to be beaten eventually after the transfer market). Both the German and the Austrian have the characteristics suitable to interpret the role of attacking midfielder in a fluid way, as Pioli likes, but to date the strategy to reach the 25-year-old from Borussia appears more within the reach of the Rossoneri budget. If only because the Germans have already opened, in recent weeks, to the option of the loan with the right of redemption with a Serie A club, when it was Lazio who negotiated Brandt. With Milan, an agreement could be reached around 20 million euros in redemption, but contacts between the clubs have not yet started. If that happens, it is very likely that Nikola Vlasic has in the meantime moved from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
July 28 – 09:16
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