The commission issue between Milan and Zirkzee

AC Milan have put Bologna’s Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee at the top of their wish list (a card on which Bayern Munich boasted a control option), but the Rossoneri’s will is colliding with a rock that is too high. Not the 40 million clause that Cardinale’s club has announced it is ready to activate from July 1st, money that Bologna will have to share with Bayern Munich, but the commissions requested by the player’s agent.

Kia Joorabchian is an expensive shop for companies that approach its top players and in the case of Zirkzee the requests have frozen not only Milan. The Iranian wants no less than 15 million euros, more than a third of the value of the price. Weeks of discussions with the Rossoneri managers do not seem to have softened him enough and, therefore, Furlani finds himself at a crossroads. He has total agreement on Zirkzee’s salary (contract until 2029 worth 4.5 million net per season), but due to the strategies of the RedBird fund he should not be in a position to accept the request for a commission considered out of market.

It also happened in recent seasons because this is how Elliott and now RedBird worked. Warning: it is not true that Milan does not pay commissions, but they do not accept figures considered disproportionate or play on the upside. In the 2023 calendar year, the Rossoneri paid a total of 15.2 million euros to the agents with whom they were in contact, up from 12 in 2022. Lower numbers than the other big names in Serie A or internationally.

Now for Zirkzee Milan is at a crossroads. Give in or not? Not doing so would mean having to start the hunt again for a number ‘9’ which will no longer be Sesko who has decided to renew until 2029 with Leipzig by exiting the market. Where it is not certain that you can find something as tantalizing as Zirkzee for 50-55 million euros. The problem, however, is not the value of the card but the issue of commissions.

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