After Massimo Cellino declared Radja Nainggolan “has to go,” Milan are offering €6.25m plus half of Bryan Cristante just for co-ownership.
Cagliari President Cellino raged at journalists after last night’s 1-1 draw with Napoli, as the Stadio Sant’Elia continues restructuring work and allows in only 5,000 fans.
“Nainggolan will definitely go. Not even in January, he can go tomorrow,” snapped the patron.
“He has six or seven clubs looking for him and I can’t keep hold of him again. It’s not an issue of money, as even if they give me less than his price-tag, he’ll still go. If he doesn’t want to go, I’ll send him away.”
The reports over the last few days had suggested Milan were close to a deal anyway, so this is the open door they needed.
However, it’s reported Cagliari have requested €7m plus co-ownership of teenage midfielder Cristante to buy half of Nainggolan’s contract, whereas Milan are not willing to pay above €6.25m.
It is a slender difference, but can allow in bigger offers from clubs such as Juventus, Inter, Roma, Fiorentina, Manchester United, Everton and Manchester City.
Nainggolan is a Belgian international who would benefit from a move to a bigger club so he can earn his spot at the 2014 World Cup.
Cagliari rejected numerous proposals in the past, but Cellino seems to have given up on holding out again in January.