When a transfer saga kicks off, there tends to be some discrepancies depending on the country, but rarely are they miles off each other.

When it comes to Sead Kolasinac, however, there appears to be a big difference between the German and Italian reports.

Earlier on Wednesday, we covered a report from SportBild claiming that AC Milan had offered the left-back more than €10m/year with bonuses, which surpassed Everton’s already very high proposal of €10m/year.

While we tried to reassure readers that AC Milan’s Chinese takeover, which is where the club is getting the Premier League rivalling money from, was yet to take place, there is a feeling in Italy it could be done very soon.

Yet, despite the big claims in Germany, the normally rather extravagant Italian media remain quite sober with their reports.

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Corriere dello Sport are on the same page as SportBild regarding AC Milan’s new pole position in the deal, while Ronald Koeman’s Everton ‘aren’t backing down’, yet the contract offers differ hugely.

The Italian newspaper explain the Everton target’s agent, Gordon Stipic, has agreed to AC Milan’s terms of €2.5m/year on a four-year deal.

That’s a far cry from the €10m, even with bonuses (€7.5m in bonuses seems a lot), reported in Germany, but even with that offer, AC Milan ‘remain confident’ of beating the competition, which includes Tottenham and Manchester City as well as the interest from Goodison Park.

Let’s see what happens.