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AC Milan offer firm response to Chelsea’s €60m summer bid for 27-year-old amid Mauricio Pochettino’s three priorities



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Chelsea have learned AC Milan’s stance on their €60 million bid for goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

The 27-year-old was reportedly the subject of a €60 million offer from Chelsea, as reported by La Repubblica, as they look to find a new number one to replace Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Maignan is highly thought of at the San Siro, with Chelsea also considered other goalkeeping options including Inter Milan’s Andre Onana and Brentford shot-stopper David Raya.

Talks have been ongoing in recent weeks between Chelsea and AC Milan for another player, Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He is wanted by the Serie A club this summer.

However, as reported by Daniele Longo of Calciomercato, during the recent contacts between the clubs, Maignan was discussed and ‘some interest’ has been shown by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

But Maignan, whose current contract expires in June 2026, is wanted by AC Milan and the Rossoneri are working on extending his current deal.

They don’t consider him for sale and value him at ‘way more’ than the €60 million initially touted by Chelsea.

Chelsea are overseeing a squad overhaul this summer and change is expected across the team. As many as 15 departures could be given the green light, with a few additions being made to bolster Pochettino’s team for next season.

A goalkeeper, a midfielder and a new forward are being eyed by Chelsea, who are looking to avoid a repeat of their 12th place Premier League finish in 2022-23.

Mendy, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all face uncertain futures.

Pochettino is expected to hold several rounds of talks with players over their futures at the club, while Chelsea have given Kai Havertz a contract ultimatum – extend or be sold – over his future amid interest from Real Madrid.

Chelsea are expected to step up their interest in Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo after withdrawing from the race to sign Sporting CP’s Manuel Ugarte, who will sign for Paris Saint-Germain.