Maldini: ‘Signings depend on CL’

Milan director Paolo Maldini gives the condition for signing Gonzalo Higuain and Tiémoué Bakayoko outright – “the Champions League is binding”.

Both players are on loan with the Rossoneri, with options to buy from Juventus and Chelsea respectively.

However, the club is operating under Financial Fair Play restrictions, so without a top four finish it’s unlikely they can afford a permanent deal.

“We’re absolutely convinced we can get fourth place,” Maldini told reporters at Milanello.

“We’re not happy with how things have gone this month, of course, when we’ve had a lot of injuries and therefore great difficulty in terms of numbers.

“Despite that we expected more, and [Coach Gennaro] Gattuso knows that too. We need to change the attitude during the game, we can’t lie down and we can’t look for sixth.

“Bakayoko and Higuain? We’ve been clear with the players: the Champions League is binding.”

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