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Milan Has Been Shelling Out The Big Bucks — Will It Be Enough?

Luca D'Amico-Wong in Editorial, Serie A 26 Jun 2017

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Milan have spent the most money out of any club so far this transfer window, a staggering €102 million. Image: Sky

Milan have spent the most money out of any club in the world so far this transfer market, and it seems like there are even more acquisitions on the way. Will it be enough to catapult them back to their former glory?

Quality Signings

There’s no denying that Milan have signed some great players so far. Ricardo Rodriguez and Mateo Musacchio will provide defensive solidity that Milan has not had since the days of Thiago Silva. Kessie is a better Kucka with significantly more potential and room for growth, and Andre Silva has proved himself to be a formidable striker, scoring consistently both in domestic and international competitions. Milan are making the right signings for the first time in what seems like forever, and that’s exactly what they’ll need if they wish to rise back to the top of European football.

They’ve reinforced the places that needed reinforcement the most, and they’ve done it with world class talents, not with cheap fixes like Matri or Lapadula. Fassone and Mirabelli know what they’re doing, and they are certainly on the right track this summer.

More Incoming…

That’s not all. Milan aren’t even close to being done. It’s being rumored that there might be an extra 4-5 signings along with a couple of backup purchases before the end of the transfer window, most likely a right back, regista, striker, a winger, and a replacement goalkeeper should Donnarumma decide not to renew his contract. Conti’s deal seems to be almost done after weeks of deliberation, and while the youngster may come with a hefty price tag, his intelligence, vision, potential, and versatility on both the defensive and offensive side more than make up for it.

The regista spot is a bit more complicated. Biglia’s deal was done according to many news sources, but it seems as though Milan are no longer willing to pay the €20 million necessary to acquire the Argentine, instead preferring to wait until his price drops or pursue other options like Luiz Gustavo or Krychowiak. The striker spot should be more of a reserve spot, serving as a backup to Andre Silva. Kalinic has been linked with the Rossoneri for a long time, but a somewhat questionable price tag has also delayed that transfer.

Nevertheless, I am confident that Milan will shell out at least another €70 million prior to the close of the transfer window, making some more key purchases that could help them make that leap in quality.

Can They Adjust?

This is probably the biggest question surrounding Milan’s project. Can the team adjust to their new surroundings and form a cohesive group capable of defeating some of the best teams in the world? If Milan do make more purchases, they should have seven new players in their starting lineup. Montella might be a great coach, but a team with that many new players, many of whom have never played in the Serie A before, could pose a difficult challenge to the Aeroplanino.

It’ll take some time, but that’s why Fassone and Mirabelli are hurrying as fast as possible to make their purchases. The faster they get the deals done, the more time Montella will have to assemble his squad, and the more ready the team will be for the upcoming Serie A season and the Europa League. The Rossoneri may struggle a bit at first, and it may take them a while to truly find their groove, but I think under a confident management and a great coach like Montella they will be able to get results when it matters.

 

We really have no indication of how the season is going to turn out. Milan can spend all the money they want, but if the players fail to perform and work together as a team, it’ll all be for nothing. The Real Madrid super team only won one Champions League title during their span together. Now, I’m not saying that this Milan team will be anywhere near that Los Blancos team, but individual talent does not always mean success; just look at the Argentinian national team.

If all goes well, then I have no doubt Milan will contend for a Champions League spot, but Milan fans can’t expect it to be all sunshine and rainbows.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luca D'Amico-Wong


Writer for Various Blogs including The AC Milan Offside on SBNation, Courtside Watch, Forza Italian Football, Clash Royale Tactics, and Soccer News. Loves AC Milan and Roger Federer. Avid football and video game fan who loves to travel. Will find blogging about football and video games in his free time.

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