Milan Eye Alternatives with PSG Pursuing Renato Sanches

PSG have interjected the talks between Milan and Lille for Renato Sanches. The Rossoneri are understood to have an agreement in principle with the midfielder but not with his club. The French champions could outbid them. In addition, they could exploit the connection with director Luis Campos and the likely new coach Christophe Galtier, who were previously with Les Dogues.

In addition, the Scudetto winners have been hamstrung in the transfer market because their top executives, Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara, have yet to extend their expiring contracts. That has prevented them from finalizing their lengthy pursuits.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan would target Roma’s Jordan Veretout and Bryan Cristante or River Plate’s Enzo Fernandez if they missed out on Renato Sanches. The Frenchman is on his way out and could depart for relatively cheap, but his wage demands are conspicuous. Instead, the Giallorossi and José Mourinho intend to keep the Azzurri international and want €25M to sell.

The Rossoneri would have to spend around the same fee to onboard the Argentinian starlet. His club will part ways with him only if the buyers activate his release clause, the outlet adds.

Our Take on Milan Potentially Not Signing Renato Sanches

It would be a blow as the Portuguese star would be an ideal replacement for Franck Kessié. Plus, he would be a bargain for the reported costs. The Rossoneri tend not to participate in bidding wars, so they might bow out if PSG persevere. Among the fallbacks, Fernandez is intriguing but might need time to make an impact. Cristante is probably too expensive and defensive-minded. Veretout could be worth a flier since he has fallen out of favor, but he can be productive if properly motivated and in the right role.