AC Milan are planning for the January transfer market, yes, but there are also plans for the summer, even. The goal of the Rossoneri, as always, is to build a competitive team.
How will Milan do that next summer, however, is up to question. According to Calciomercato.com, the club management could decide to sell another top player to fund the market operations, just like how they did with Sandro Tonali's exit.
It's likely that a similar scenario could unfold in the next season, explains the source. Selling a top player every year has almost become an indispensable necessity. What fans wonder is who might be the notable departure in 2024. Hence, the start of the new year at AC Milan will be crucial: the most urgent and challenging renewal is that of Mike Maignan.
The management is ready to present a significant offer to persuade the goalkeeper to extend his current contract, which expires in 2026, until 2028. If an agreement on the salary isn't reached, despite Maignan's desire to stay in Milan, the possibility of a summer transfer shouldn't be ruled out. This transfer window would be the last chance to make it financially beneficial, fetching at least 60 million euros.
AC Milan's Theo Hernandez, Rafael Leao, and others?
Another sought-after player by top European clubs, primarily Paris Saint-Germain, is Theo Hernandez. The French full-back, has a contract expiring in 2026.
PSG might attempt to lure him, just as the millions from Al-Khelaifi could tempt Milan. However, it's different for Rafa Leao, who recently renewed his deal with the Rossoneri until 2028 with a contract that, including bonuses, can reach 6.5 million euros annually.
In the Portuguese player's case, an offer from a top foreign club would need to match the 175-million-euros release clause, available to be triggered only in the summer transfer window and for fifteen days.