Milan would like to keep Brahim Diaz for next season, but they will have to negotiate with Real Madrid for it to happen. The Spanish attacker joined on a simple loan and will initially head back to the Merengues this summer. The executives are high on him and want to bring him back with the same formula, but adding an option to buy in 2022, transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio reported.
On the other hand, the Galacticos would rather cash in on him right away if they opted not to keep him again. In any case, they will wait until they know who will coach the team next season before deciding on Brahim Diaz. The 21-year-old forward tallied 7 goals and 4 assists in 39 appearances across all competitions this year at Milan. He shined in particular after the late injury suffered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened up minutes in the front-line.
For one player that might stay, another is leaving as Mario Mandzukic announced his departure on Instagram. He originally signed a six-month contract, and the option to extend it will not be picked up by the club. He featured in just 287 minutes, without scoring, as he quickly sustained a significant thigh injury.
The veteran striker wrote: “It was a pleasure to play for Milan. I am thankful to the club management for giving me this opportunity, to the coaching staff for their dedicated work, and to my teammates, who are not only excellent players but a great group of guys. I am happy that we have managed to get this great club back to the Champions League, where it belongs. I wish everybody the best.”