AC Milan manager update – Thiago Motta is a new target

AC Milan may have a new manager before the end of the season if Stefano Pioli can not improve the poor run.

According to SempreMilan, things look impossible to save for the 58-year-old, with The Champions League now being a closed door for AC Milan. The only roads that would lead to a continuation of Pioli at the helm are filled with surprising victories and bring the first Europa League trophy to the trophy collection.

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While it is tough to achieve, almost all roads lead to the separation of the Rossoneri and Pioli, with names coming up such as Antonio Conte, Rafael Palladino, and the latest one is Thiago Motta.

Milan’s interest in Motta

Suppose Milan decides to move forward without their current manager; they will have to continue to pay his salary until 2025, the end of his contract.

As such, this limits the Diavolo in terms of what routes they can take and points them towards new former PSG star Motta because Conte will ask for a high salary and massive funds in transfer.

Motta is Milan's top target
Motta is Milan’s top target

Motta’s current contract with Bologna expires in the summer of 2024, which is ideal timing for the Rossoneri. He has not shown any indications of re-signing, which strengthens the chances of his arrival.

His resume? It’s oustanding:

  • 4th place in Serie A
  • Knocked out back-to-back champs Inter from Coppa Italia
  • Wins vs Inter, Roma, Lazio
  • Ties vs Inter, Napoli, Juventus

Napoli tried to tempt Motta recently after the sacking of Rudi Garcia. Still, he will not leave his current post in the middle of the season. He also would prefer to take the reigns at Milan instead of the Partenopei. Out of respect for the current regime, Milan believe they should end their relationship at the end of the season.

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Additionally, Motta’s system with the Veltri is a 4-2-3-1, which matches the personnel who are currently at Milan, meaning there would be no need for an overhaul of players to fit a new system, and would limit the time needed to learn philosophies attached to other systems.

Motta’s Bologna has an average starting XI age of 24.8, the third youngest in Serie A, which acts as another positive in the eyes of RedBird. The way forward, they believe, is with youth at the forefront, something the former PSG midfielder buys into.

If Milan had Motta, they would have his students. There is another bonus of this youth philosophy. Milan has had a persistent interest in Joshua Zirkzee and Lewis Ferguson, who are both students of Motta currently, and they would gladly follow him to the Rossoneri.

Above all, though, his current salary with the Rossoblu is around €2.5million. In the eyes of the club, a much more reasonable fee to pay per annum than Conte, who would ask for a figure of at least €7m.