NEWS
Friday January 18 2019
Milan-Piatek talks adjourned

It was believed Milan could finalise Krzysztof Piatek tonight, but haggling with Genoa postpones everything to Tuesday.

Multiple sources including Sky Sport Italia and Sportitalia claimed the presence of Genoa President Enrico Preziosi at the summit, joining director of sport Giorgio Perinetti, the player’s agent and Milan chief Leonardo, meant a deal was imminent.

However, more problems emerged in the negotiations, so Sky Sport Italia and Tuttomercatoweb report the talks have been adjourned until Tuesday.

This is because the two teams play each other in Serie A on Monday afternoon.

Piatek will not play against his likely future club on Monday anyway, as he is suspended, thus removing a potentially awkward situation.

The debate seems to be not so much around the figures - €40m plus bonuses – but the method of payment.

The Rossoneri would prefer a loan with option to buy, Genoa demand some guarantees that the sale will go through.

Milan are also trying to include midfielders Andrea Bertolacci and Alen Halilovic as part of the deal, claim Sky Sport Italia.

However, until Milan have found a new striker, they will not release Gonzalo Higuain to join Chelsea.

Higuain is still owned by Juventus, but joined Milan on loan for €18m with option to buy in June for another €36m.

Piatek is the initial figure in a transfer domino effect, which will take Higuain to Chelsea, Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid, Nikola Kalinic to Monaco and possibly also Pietro Pellegri to Hajduk Split.