Paolo Maldini did a good job this summer, but he did not finish the transfer period as he wanted. Although he drastically cut the budget for salaries (Reina, Suso, Biglia, Paqueta, Bonaventura ...), he got rid of Laxalt, Rodriguez, Silva, Halilović,bought those who were good (Kjaer, Salemakers, Rebić) , loaned Dalot and Diaz for free and rewarded Ibrahimovic with a new contract, the impression is that he did not bring all the players he wanted.
From the new players came young Tonali, Hauge, Kalulu and veteran Tatarusanu as a second goalkeeper. There were no capital players in the position of defender and reserve striker, and maybe the midfielder considering the unsuccessful chase for Bakayoko After the transfer period, Milan's director stated that he did not want to spend all the money he had at his disposal and that Milan would have a budget for the January transfer period if they found the right targets.
Although Rossoneri's priorities are extensions of contracts with Donnaruma, Ibrahimovic and Chalhanoglu, the Italian media report that Maldini has already rolled up his sleeves and he works on bringing in low-price players.
The most famous of them is Florian Thauvin, the best and most valuable player of the Olympics from Marseille. At the end of this season, his contract expires, and neither he wants to stay, nor can the club offer him a high contract due to their financial situation.
A bunch of clubs would like to see Thauvin in their squad, but the French media point out that his priority is Milan. Maldini has already called him and offered him a four-year contract worth 3,000,000 euros per season, and that is something more than what he earns in Marseille.
The only question is whether Maldini will try to bring him in January for symbolic compensation or will wait for the summer for a free transfer. Thauvin should be a replacement for Samu Castillejo, who will most likely be sold.
However, the defender and the reserve striker remain Milan's priorities. Milan has already prepared an offer for Nikola Milenković from Fiorentina, which amounts to 10,000,000 euros for a loan plus 30,000,000 for his contract.
if Viola's answer is negative again, Maldini will turn to the alternative from the England. This summer, the target for the defensive line was a young Dane, Christopher Ayer from Celtic. The Scots asked for 25,000,000 euros, Milan offered about 15,000,000.
He remained on the wish list, and now the wind has blown his back for a new offer. Celtic loaned Uruguayan defender Diego Laxalt from Milan this summer, who was satisfied and the club from Glasgow wants to buy him. Since no buyout option was inserted this summer, that means that the Rossoneri can determine the price they want in January.
They will probably try to get the maximum amount and will ask for about ten million euros. That way, Laxalt could be used in the negotiations to lower Ayer's price.