Summer Overhaul for Milan Includes the Departure of Two Loanees

A summer overhaul is in the fray for Milan, who are well in contention for a first Scudetto title in a decade. The change in ownership from Elliott Management to Bahrain-based InvestCorp is expected to bring in surplus funds which will aid the Rossoneri in reinforcing their ranks. However, they will first have to make space in the 27-man squad before they onboard new faces.

According to a new report from La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews24), irrespective of the change in ownership at Milan, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Junior Messias will not be playing in the Diavolo colors next season. Both are considered to be out of Stefano Pioli’s future plans, having arrived just last summer on loan from Chelsea and Crotone respectively.

Bakayoko is currently in his second loan spell at Milan after having spent 2018/19 at San Siro, where he didn’t click either. He has not played a single minute for Milan since appearing in a 2-1 loss to Spezia at home back in January, sitting out all of the club’s last 12 games despite being in the best of conditions.

He has 17 appearances this season, in stark contrast to his initial loan season where he registered 42 caps. The Frenchman’s two-year loan spell is expected to be terminated in the summer, similar to Messias’ situation, albeit the Brazilian arriving on a one-season loan from Crotone.

The forward has 6 goals in 28 caps for Milan this season, with 5 of those strikes arriving in the league. His sole important contribution perhaps arrived in the UEFA Champions League as he scored the Rossoneri’s solitary goal in the club’s only victory in the continental competition this season against Atletico Madrid in the group stages.