Milan officials have reportedly made contact with Luciano Spalletti, with a view to appointing him as the club’s next Coach.
The Rossoneri are generally seen as ready to remove Clarence Seedorf from their bench this summer, just six months into a two-and-a-half-year contract, after issues encountered since his midseason arrival in place of Max Allegri.
Whilst it has been in reports so far that Primavera boss Pippo Inzaghi and Parma Coach Roberto Donadoni were the frontrunners to come in, the Gazzetta dello Sport today indicate that one of the outside candidates has in fact been contacted.
The pink paper say that a move has been made to talk to Luciano Spalletti, via club management, whilst they describe Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani as ‘great admirers’ of the former Udinese and Roma Coach.
Sacked recently from Zenit St Petersburg, the 55-year-old is believed eager to return to working in the peninsula.
However, the contract situation with the Russian club presents a barrier for all parties, with it seen that they are not inclined to immediately agree to the termination of his contract.
Whilst effectively on gardening leave for the remaining year of his deal, Spalletti could reportedly pull in a further €4m in wages.
The Gazzetta dello Sport understand that Milan see this situation as ‘difficult’ but able to be resolved and that if it cannot be, then a move for Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Montella would be plan B.
However, there is a greater barrier to this move, with La Viola reportedly holding a €7m release clause on Montella’s contract.
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