Milan to Put Underperforming Midfielder Back on the Market

Stefano Pioli went to great lengths to persuade the Milan hierarchy to withdraw Rade Krunic from the market during the summer. However, his gamble has not paid off, with Rossoneri now ‘seriously considering’ bringing the Bosnia & Herzegovina midfielder back to the chopping block.

According to Samuele Longo via MilanNews, Krunic’s unconvincing performances at the start of the new campaign have seen him fall from the club’s good grace. With Milan stalwart Ismael Bennacer on the verge of returning from a long-term injury, the 30-year-old risks being deemed surplus to requirements. 

When Fenerbahce came to ask about Krunic’s availability during the summer transfer window, Milan stayed radio silent. Thanks to Pioli, the Serie A heavyweights rebuffed the Turks’ approach and decided to take a leap of faith. But since the manager’s tactical ideas haven’t come to fruition, the Bosnian could hit the road in January.

Fenerbahce could return with a concrete offer for the Milan underachiever when the transfer window reopens for business this winter. It’s still uncertain how Pioli would react to the board’s decision, but he has more pressing matters to address. Left stunned after a 2-2 draw against Lecce before the international break, he must fight to save his skin.

Since Pioli might have to play along to regain the club’s trust, the likelihood of Krunic’s winter departure is increasing. Adding to this sentiment, the player’s hefty wage demands have already deterred Milan from pursuing a contract renewal. 

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