AC Milan are on the verge of signing Joshua Zirkzee from Bologna and starting the summer in a big way, but the deal cannot be considered completed yet.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) starts with an overview of what we know for sure. Firstly, the will of the club: Milan want Zirkzee and he is the first choice. Secondly, the decision: the club is willing to pay his clause of forty million euros.

Third, there is the absence of resistance: Bologna cannot negotiate the fee due to the mentioned clause in his contract, so there is no major obstacle to normal negotiations in this case. Fourth, the will of the player: Zirkzee wants to stay in Italy. Fifth and finally the salary: Milan and Zirkzee have agreed on a deal worth four to five million euros net per season.

The picture is almost complete, only one annoying tile is missing in the middle because Milan has not yet reached an agreement on the commission with Kia Joorabchian, the agent of Zirkzee, the man who brought him to Bologna when Joshua was valued at 8.5 million euros appreciated and now taking it to the next level.

Kia could be in Italy for a meeting within hours and has asked for 15 million euros in commission, an amount Milan are unwilling to pay. It is partly a matter of principle, partly a cost evaluation, because the 23-year-old would ultimately cost 55 million euros.

The clause cannot be activated until July 1 and that means a certain amount of patience is required, but the risk is that the twenty days that have passed until then could help Arsenal, Manchester United or the other interested teams.

Joshua will not play in the European Championship and no other club has pursued him in recent weeks with the conviction that the Rossoneri have. So we are left with the strange situation where a player goes in one direction and his agent slams on the brakes. It cannot last and therefore optimism is justified.