As Sevilla prepare for a return to the Champions League next season, Milan will reportedly bid farewell to Suso who is set to join them on a permanent basis this summer.
MilanNews report that as the La Liga outfit have sealed a top-four finish this season, they are now obliged to sign the Spaniard outright after his initial loan spell and that will cost them around €24m including bonuses.
The 26-year-old has just one goal and one assist in 15 league appearances for Sevilla since his arrival, but he has seemingly played his part in ensuring that they’re back at Europe’s top table next season which was ultimately their objective.
From a Milan perspective though, this is a timely boost ahead of the summer transfer window as it’s an exit that doesn’t negatively impact us at this point and it potentially adds important funds to our budget to help improve the current squad further.
Milan have moved on, Suso exit best outcome
In the 16 Serie A appearances that Suso made for Milan this season prior to his exit, he managed just one goal and two assists despite being the creative lynchpin of our attack out on the right flank.
As a collective, we scored just 14 goals in the games that he was involved in. Since his last outing against Sampdoria on January 6, in 14 games we’ve scored 29 goals.
That’s not to say that he was the sole problem behind our issues in attack and that we’ve entirely and permanently solved those woes just yet, but it gives a very clear indication as to how we’ve improved and evolved in the final third and become a more potent attacking unit rather than relying so heavily on one player to make us tick.
Suso provided some great memories and showed real class at times, so it isn’t all about slamming him for his failings and inability to take his game to the next level and take us there with him as ultimately his importance to the side demanded that and made it necessary if we were to progress to compete at the top level again.
Nevertheless, the facts and figures speak for themselves, and with Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic taking up fundamental roles while Rafael Leao, Lucas Paqueta, Hakan Calhanoglu and Giacomo Bonaventura have stepped up with different degrees of success, our attack has been much more threatening since the turn of the year, and ultimately it coincided with Suso being taken out of the equation.
That’s all without even mentioning Samu Castillejo who has impressed in stepping in and filling that void on the right flank, with his energy, pace and movement offering more to us in comparison to Suso’s one-dimensional game and limited influence.
Milan have moved on and look better for it, Suso is back in Spain and will play Champions League football next season. The €24m deal seemingly suits everyone, and it’s hoped that windfall gives Milan a timely budget boost to go towards bringing in more talent and quality this summer to ensure that we don’t miss our former No.8’s presence in the long-term future too.