When German newspaper Bild were reporting Manchester City meetings with Ilkay Gundogan’s representatives last year, it quickly became clear they were right as photographs appeared of Pep Guardiola at such a meeting.
Gundogan then went on to sign for Manchester City but unfortunately has been stopped in his tracks by an all too predictable injury setback. Given Bild were right last year, it made sense to trust them on their claims that Guardiola held a meeting last week with Sead Kolasinac’s representative.
There was no claim of an offer, but Bild made it abundantly clear that should Manchester City put a deal forward it would be hard for Kolasinac to say no.
On Tuesday Italy’s Calciomercato claim AC Milan have come to a ‘draft agreement’ on a transfer for Kolasinac, to start when his Schalke contract ends. That agreement has been made with the player’s agent, who Calciomercato don’t name.
Bild named him last week as Gordon Stipic.
In the winter window it was reported in Italy that Juventus had an agreement with Kolasinac, and that turned out to be wide of the mark, given it was claimed an announcement would come with the close of the window.
Calciomercato mention English interest, although they don’t name Manchester City or anyone else, but they state Milan have priority. The offer is said to be €2m per year after tax, but before bonuses, on a four year contract.
Those figures are small compared to what Kolasinac could get at Manchester City if Guardiola really wants him. It would be hard to imagine Milan winning if up against City, but it’s likely the Premier League club need to work quickly.