AC Milan and Yunus Musah have reportedly agreed personal terms, but Valencia’s demands are still a stumbling block.
The Spaniards are holding out for their €25 million asking price, while the Serie A giants are unwilling to go beyond €20m to get the deal over the line despite their genuine interest in the midfielder.
Valencia rejected Milan’s maiden approach last month, but the 20-year-old’s consent can turn the tables.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report the United States international has green-lighted Rossoneri’s €2m-a-year contract proposal, boosting their hopes of persuading Valencia to come around.
Having received the player’s go-ahead, Milan are ready to tempt Los Che into selling their sought-after youngster by tabling an €18m bid, hoping the player’s wish could change the La Liga club’s stance.
Sandro Tonali’s move to Newcastle United has unlocked transfer dealings for the Rossoneri, pouring enough money into the club’s coffers to enable a massive squad overhaul.
Despite starting the summer transfer window with a whimper rather than a bang, the seven-time European champions have recently gone into overdrive.
Stefano Pioli has already welcomed Ruben Loftus-Cheek to the fold and is now on the cusp of landing AZ Alkmaar’s Tijjani Reijnders to diversify his midfield options.
After finding a definite agreement with the club and the player, the Rossoneri will announce the acquisition of the 24-year-old Dutchman on Tuesday.
Reijnders will touch down at the Clinica La Madonnina tomorrow to undergo his medical before putting pen to paper on a five-year contract worth €1.7m a season.
Once his move to Milan becomes official, they can switch their attention to seeing out their long-term pursuit of Musah, whose international colleague Christian Pulisic joined the club last week.
The US starlet also holds an Italian passport, meaning he would not fill a non-EU spot, which is another reason the Rossoneri are eager to lure him away from Valencia.
Loftus-Cheek has already occupied one slot and Milan can purchase only one more player from outside Europe by the end of the summer.