CEO Ivan Gazidis did not mince his words at Wednesday’s Shareholders’ Meeting, declaring that AC Milan will try to sign the ‘best talent in the world’.
Milan’s American owners Elliott Management Corporation have made their intentions clear to focus on a recruitment strategy centered around buying young players with high potential to develop into a core for the future.
In summer 2019 the likes of Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Rade Krunic, Leo Duarte, Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic all arrived – the oldest being 25. While some experience was the introduced in the winter, this summer saw a return to the status quo.
Sandro Tonali (20), Brahim Diaz (21) and Jens Petter Hauge (20) all joined, as did Diogo Dalot (21), while Ciprian Tatarusanu is over 30 but he is the back-up goalkeeper.
Gazidis was present on Wednesday as the Milan Shareholders all met at the club’s headquarters to discuss the 2019-20 financial accounts and – as part of that – the plan for the club moving forward.
“We are going through a positive moment, but the path is still long and challenging. The club has strong ownership behind it that has faith in the team,” he said (via Goal).
“We have a clear strategy: to sign some of the best talent in the world and make them grow with us.
“The summer transfer window has just closed and we are very satisfied. The sports management, led by Paolo Maldini, is already preparing for the winter window and we are confident.”