Kevin-Prince Boateng's Milan move from Schalke may depend on wage cut
Kevin-Prince Boateng is ready to discuss re-joining former club AC Milan in January but he will have to take a wage cut if he leaves Schalke.
Boateng, 28 is currently training with Milan after being told by Schalke that he has no future at the club when dropped from the squad, along with Sidney Sam, in May due to disciplinary reasons.
In September, it was reported that Boateng would see out the remainder of his deal before leaving Schalke with the club's director of sport Horst Heldt saying that there would be no way back. That was when the midfielder was given permission to train with Milan for the rest of the year.
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He is still contracted to the Bundesliga until the end of the season and is on a lucrative salary and agent, Federico Pastorello, admits is unlikely to be matched by Milan.
Schalke are also hoping to reach an agreement which would see both Boateng and Sam released from their contracts in January.
"He's obviously really desperate [to join Milan], but it's a complicated situation because he's contracted to Schalke until the end of the season, which is why he might remain there, bearing also in mind the fact that the contract he has is financially lucrative," Pastorello said on Thursday, reports calcionews24.it.
"Milan have been extraordinarily accommodating to him and I would like to thank both [general manager Adriano] Galliani and [coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic publicly for having given Prince the opportunity to train with the team, considering that at Schalke he was not permitted to train with the rest of the team.
"It's been important for him to take part also in the Rossoneri's friendly matches and I would like to thank them on his behalf. Let's see. If they feel Prince can lend them a hand in the second half of the season, we're open to it."
Boateng, who left Milan for Schalke in 2013, has kept in touch with officials at Milan and Pastorello believes the club would welcome him back with open arms.
"The president is really attached to the lad," he added. "They've met too and Prince is very proud of this relationship. I've also read a few comments which give us reason to be hopeful, so let's see.
"He's been training every day for a month and a half now and he's a great professional. A lot of stupid things have been said about him, but he's an athlete who has to work in a special way to protect his knee, but this doesn't make him perform worse or be less reliable."