The acquisition of Milan by new owner Gerry Cardinale has slowed transfer moves for some time. Now that there is agreement between the club and managing group, Maldini and Massara can resume negotiations with transfer targets. The first player the club looks to sign is Portugese target Renato Sanches.
The official transition of power has given way to the club's summer moves to reinforce the midfield department. Franck Kessie will be departing the club and management is looking to add Sanches as an addition to the squad. There were initial discussions with the player's entourage and management in months past, and the two parties can now resume discussions with new ownership in place.
Sanches possesses a high ceiling and has shown excellent technical ability as a player. He is much appreciated by the Rossoneri and the Milan club hopes to conclude the transfer from Lille soon. La Republicca has reported optimism of the player's signature in due time. There is an agreement in place with Milan and Lille of 20 million euros.
Sanches' agent Jorge Mendes is the missing piece of the transfer. The agent initially demanded a 6 million euros salary for his player, but has since decreased his demands. The writing is on the wall for Sanches to join Pioli's squad as we wait for an official agreement between all parties.