How AC Milan’s summer window so far compares to Inter, Juventus and other rivals

By Euan Burns -

The 2023 summer transfer window is in full swing for the top sides in Serie A but AC Milan and Inter really seem to be leading the way for activity. 

The Milan sides have been making all the headlines but it is certainly the Rossoneri that have bolstered their squad the most, with four players arriving for transfer fees and two more arriving on free transfers.

Here is Milan’s transfer business so far and how it compares to the other top sides in Serie A, many of which are yet to part with much cash at all.

AC Milan arrivals: Marco Sportiello, Luka Romero, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tijjani Reijnders, Christian Pulisic, Noah Okafor, Noah Raveyre

AC Milan departures: Sandro Tonali, Marco Brescianini, Daniel Maldini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ciprian Tatarusanu, Marco Nasti, Brahim Diaz, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Aster Vranckx, Sergino Dest

Inter have also been busy so far this summer, and they have seen some high-profile departures from the squad as well.

Inter arrivals: Juan Cuadrado, Yann Aurel Bisseck, Marcus Thuram, Davide Frattesi, Kristjan Asllani, Raffaelle Di Gennaro, Francesco Acerbi

Inter departures: Gaetano Oristanio, Andre Onana, Marcelo Brozovic, Edin Dzeko, Samuele Mulattieri, Valentin Carboni, Andrea Pinamonti, Milan Skriniar, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Roberto Gagliardini, Dalbert, Samir Handanovic, Alex Cordaz, Lorenzo Pirola, Mattia Zanotti, Zinho Vanheusden, Martin Satriano

Juventus’ summer transfer window is yet to really get underway, with only one completely new major arrival confirmed so far.

Juventus arrivals: Timothy Weah, Arkadiusz Milik

Juventus departures: Angel Di Maria, Juan Cuadrado, Dejan Kulusevski, Radu Dragusin, Arthur Melo, Alessandro Di Pardo, Tommaso Barbieri

AS Roma started the window very quickly by securing two free transfers of long-term targets, but a lack of cash flow means no proper purchases have been made yet.

AS Roma arrivals: Evan Ndicka, Houssem Aouar, Rasmus Kristensen, Diego Llorente

AS Roma departures: Carles Perez, Justin Kluivert, Cristian Volpato, Filippo Missori, Benjamin Tahirovic, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mady Camara, Ebrima Darboe, Ante Coric, William Bianda

Lazio have seen a major departure in the shape of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and there are still rumours that Ciro Immobile could leave as well.

Lazio arrivals: Tony Castellanos, Matteo Cancellieri, Diego Gonzalez

Lazio departures: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Francesco Acerbi, Gonzalo Escalante, Luka Romero, Raul Moro, Emanuele Cicerelli, Riza Durmisi, Luca Pellegrini

Serie A champions will have need to try and defend their title with Rudi Garcia and without their best defender from last season.

Napoli arrivals: Pierluigi Gollini, Giovanni Simeone, Giacomo Raspadori, Alessandro Zanoli

Napoli departures: Kim Min-jae, Andrea Petagna, Sebastiano Luperto, Tanguy Ndombele, Bartosz Bereszynski

Atalanta are likely to make a lot of money from selling Rasmus Hojlund in the near future, but they have bolstered the wide areas.

Atalanta arrivals: Sead Kolasinac, Mitchell Bakker, Michel Adopo

Atalanta departures: Matteo Pessina, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Sam Lammers, Marco Sportiello, David Heidenreich

Tags AC Milan AS Roma Atalanta Inter Juventus Lazio Napoli


    1. Papers are essentially done for Chukwueze and a young man like Samuel with morales won’t go to Saudi (Nigerians usually are very professional in this regard)

  1. Inter definitely is weaker at this point of the window than last seasons team.
    Gone: Brozovic, Skriniar, Onana, Dzeko, Lukaka.
    Fratessi isn’t Brozovic.
    Whoever Bissek is , isn’t Skriniar.
    Thuram is neither Dzeko nor Lukaka.
    Who is their GKer?
    Napoli is the same team minus Kim.
    Juventus will be a problem if their best players stay healthy. They were decimated by injuries last year plus they will have the advantage of only playing once a week.
    Ain’t nobody worried about Roma or Lazio. Atalanta is a bigger problem than the Roman clubs.

    1. Inter is not that bad, pretty much similar to last year.
      Thuram will be probably at least as good as last year’s Lukaku or Dzeko – none of them was good so it shouldn’t be difficult to exceed their contribution.
      Fratessi is kind of similar: he should be able to fill in for last year Brozovic.
      Onana is good but replaceable, Skriniar very good but was not playing.
      Overall they will be probably at least as good as last year.
      Mind also that they underperformed massively last year so it won’t be easy to match them.

    2. Inter added good additions actually
      They replace Dzeko with Thuram and also a long term addition
      Brazovic isn’t a starter last 8months, skriniar is out majority of last season.
      Raspadori is good addition not a replacement but he works well for their system.
      If they add yan sommers from bayern they covered well in all departments
      Don’t know much the other players.
      We(AC Milan) have reasonably good additions, but all of them are from non Italian leagues, don’t know how much they adapt to Italian league and Pioli system.
      We must have 1good central defensive midfielder for 433 or 4231 system.
      RCC can play 433 better than double pivot in 4231 and even reijnders he looks more attacking midfielder who can score goals than defensive duty.
      Or like every season we have Lord krunic for every problem, Pioli will make him defensive midfielder this season without a backup

      1. Lol reasonably good? And from other leagues? Like Tomori and Maginan? Your statement is ridiculous. Inter have lost many players, haven’t signed replacements and the ones they signed for the most part didn’t play in the League either.

        It’s so hard for some on here to admit management did a lot better at signing better players than our rivals.

      2. Dude ,raspadori are napoli player not IM . Yann sommer 34 years reserved GK as onana replacement? With their GK yann sommer and 3 CB infront acerbi,besek,bastoni they are more weaker.Marcus are coming from bundesliga ,he still need adaptation to build chemistry with lautaro. They are lacking depth to play in 3 competition . AC Milan strengthen their deep , getting rid deadwood in bench like bakayoko,dest,aster prank, rebic,origi,cdk and add quality in bench

    3. Inter was signing Thuram to be Lukaku’s back up for a reason.
      They were about to sign lukaku for 40 mil and now they supposedly are trying to sign Balogun or Morata, but people believe that Thuram who barely scored over 10 goals in the Bundesliga, will come to serie A and have at least the same production as Lukaku and Dzeko.
      He is a striker and serie A isn’t so kind on strikers.
      Even with all the injuries and lack of playing time lukaku had similar numbers as Thuram, but in Serie A and UCL, not Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal.
      Inter is weaker.

      1. I wouldn’t underestimate them so much. They dominated us repeatedly, they start from a better level, let’s be honest.
        And also they changed less, all their protagonists are there.
        Personally I am less worried about Napoli, they change coach, it’s a big thing, I really don’t expect them to be on the same level. Very good still, probably also ahead of us but not like last year.

    4. It’s a shame we missed out on Thuram as I think he’ll make life very difficult for Serie A defenders and actually could’ve been a huge help in unlocking the likes of Cremonese and Lecce who we struggled against the most last season.

      Inter have had a fair bit of disruption though but not as much as Milan so that puts them at an advantage.

      1. Lmao disruption again. The core of the team is the same, with the exception of tonali and diaz. Inter lost many players and didn’t replace them. And Thuram? But he came from a different league. And you don’t like players from a different league lol

    5. Napoli being the same team…isn’t necessarily a good thing. There’s a new manager and you saw how Kvara fell if at the end of the season too…no bueno.

      1. Yes and Spalletti really made all the difference.

        It’ll be very hard to recreate the same system and intensity with a new manager.

        The manager is the single most important person at the club. We’ve seen numerous times over the years manager changes having a huge impact both good and bad.

  2. Juve shedded a lot of salary and imo didn’t loose that much production. Inter I’m not familiar with their additions outside of fratessi (who’s just an above average midfielder) SMS going to SA is mind blowing, no way there wasn’t a PL club offering a similar deal…

  3. Lol. Chukwueze has already agreed with Milan and the agreement is already done. He’s not going to Saudi Arabia to see his career dying.

    Anyways, yes our transfer market has been far stronger than our rivals, and we are now rated better then them. But we also need to show that with results.

  4. This is the biggest season because winning one of first four spots means much more revenues in next season champions league. New format – bigger revenue.
    It is essential to all Milan players to play every Serie a game as a final game.
    Napoli, Inter, Juventus are still very strong. Luckily Lazio lost 1 big player. But Roma is for now much stronger than last year. Atalanta – you never know with them.

  5. My only concern is that we have too many new faces. Everyone of them will need time to adapt. But our rivals are facing some revolutions too, so there is possibility, that none of us will get results right away. Forza Milan.

  6. The teams with the least disruption will have the biggest advantage.

    On that front Napoli have probably had the most disruption in losing Spalletti and I can now see them struggling to make the four after winning the title.

    This has happened at other clubs that won the title and lost managers or key players including at Milan when Baresi retired, Man Utd after Ferguson (the exact same squad went from 1st to 7th) and Chelsea (almost the same squad went from 1st to 10th to 1st in 3 seasons).

    As I’ve already said many times Milan have had a hugely and quite unnecessarily disruptive summer which puts them at a significant disadvantage.

    For me Juve are the favourites with the least disruption (and conversely most youth players breaking through).

    I wouldn’t underestimate Roma.

    Inter have lost a few few so it’ll be interesting to see how they do.

    Lazio will have lost a key player but haven’t signed too many players.

    Interesting that all the managers are still in tact except at Napoli. That’s positive for the league although I can’t see Pioli lasting past Christmas. A manager who famously struggles to integrate new players now has to do so with at least 10 including an entire new midfield….

    1. You are completely wrong about a “hugely disruptive summer”. I know you’re in pain that Messias and Saelesmaekers won’t mess up games for us anymore. You must be a huge Saelesmaekers fan because most of the “hugely disruptive” thing is happening to his starting spot.

      You know nothing about football and the fact you can’t even see how close we came to not qualifying for CL football last season is apparent. And it’s because we didn’t invest enough after winning the league.

      The core of the team is still there with only Tonali and Diaz gone. Any investments we had were focused on the right side which is often seriously lacking.

      Again, I am really sorry you won’t see your favorites play badly on the right side anymore. Lol

      1. Leaving aside that we should forever grateful to Messias and Saelesmaekers for helping to deliver us the title, I agree we could have improved that area by signing ONE player to replace probably Messias.

        I do love how some many “fans” seem to have such disregard and, in many cases, actual dislike for the very people that they were watching week in/week out.

        It seems some “fans” only come alive during the transfer windows when all the new shiny things are arriving. Those same “fans” will then turn on those very new shiny things when they struggle to settle.

        Read back on some of the comments here from last year’s signings – on Origi (with usernames omitted because these people were just joining the bandwagon):

        “Origi is a type of player who relish in big matches. But not in ordinary matches. So Milan still need another striker unless Ibra extend his contract”

        “Origi is the perfect striker for us. if we sign him we’ll turn him into a more dangerous striker just like we did with Tonali. This is a good deal . 27 years is not bad , the guy can go 4 to 5 years without any problem. I see Milan in quarter finals of the champions league and in pole position in the league”

        “I am absolutely sure that this signing will bring us many joys. Origi is a champion, a winner, a player with the seal of victory on his path, and he will be very important to our young team.”

        “Origi is going to be a STAR for us. He scores the biggest goals in the biggest matches.”

        Many of those same commentators then turned on Origi when he did the most normal thing in the world – struggled to settle into a new job, new country, new team, new everything.

        We are not just asking 10 elite athletes to switch jobs and teams, but to emigrate, learn a new language, and new culture. And they have 2 months until the season starts.

        1. You really know so little about this game that you had to praise Messias for a few good games versus all the poor ones he had for us.

          We nearly missed out on qualifying for the CL last season and would have it Juventus didn’t get a point deduction.

          I never wrote that on Origi. In fact I wasn’t on this website when we signed him. But I was never convinced by him. And the salary we gave him was way too much. Now its a problem offloading him to another team.

          You are utterly clueless.

          1. I am defending a Milan player – A MILAN PLAYER.

            You get that Messias plays for your team?

            Inter fans would probably be more sympathetic to our players. Well that do have four of our ex-players.

            I didn’t claim you wrote that I used those as example of the cycle we see every transfer window. The excitement followed by the disappointment.

            The biggest question with Origi is why did a player who played for and scored for a top team including in the Champions League struggle so much?

            Until we answer that question then the same problem could arise with our other new signings.

            Because that is how you measure a successful side – new signings should be performing at a higher level than at their previous clubs. If that isn’t happening with the majority of the players then it’s the club not the player.

          2. Messias needs to leave to find playing time and to continue his career elsewhere. I never really did attack him. I just don’t think he’s up to Champions League grade and quality. We signed Pulisic for that reason.

            In fact, I like his whole story of growing up and finding success from such levels of modesty. That’s something that could be made into a movie, but after two seasons it’s time to move onto another team.

            Origi had issues with Liverpool the last two seasons he was there with injuries. He barely played 18 games a season the last two seasons there. He shouldn’t have been signed. This was clearly a player on the decline.

            The new signings we have made won’t have a problem making their way into this team. Just watch.

            And for the first time in years, we have had a positive balance sheet. This is called business. In business, you have to part with those that are not performing up to par.

        2. And also on your last paragraph. Milan asked that of Maignan, Tomori, Leao and so many others, and suddenly it’s a problem now? Get a grip, man. Maldini rarely signed anyone in the league himself because even he knew the League lacked quality players.

          Ask yourself why we are having so much trouble finding a LB domestically and that’s Italian. The quality isn’t there.

          Despite players not knowing the league, the ones we have signed are a gulf in quality with compared to what we already have.

          1. Those players didn’t all arrive at the same time and many did in fact struggle to settle in including Leao.

            I have absolutely no idea why we are even looking for a LB when we have at least four players capable of playing in that position: Theo, Calabria, Florenzi and Kalulu.

            Another feature of truly great sides is players cover multiple positions (which reduce the disruption causes by rotation). Stones played across three positions for Man City. But apparently Milan need two perfectly formed players for every position.

            As to the lack of faith in Italian players, Serie A has some of the highest turnover of players in the top 5 leagues in Europe. The 20 Serie A clubs usually are involved 1,000 plus transfers every summer. And it’s the main reason the league has lost its competitiveness.

          2. You really don’t have an idea what you’re talking about again. Maignan showed up and did well right outside the gate. As did several others. I don’t see the issue with the attacking players we signed because we have a base of players already here that will make them feel right at home.

            We need a LB because Calabria is a RB, Florenzi is a RB and Kalulu doesn’t play as a LB. An additional Italian player is required for registration issues with UEFA. If you knew anything about the Champions League you would understand that.

            The Serie A doesn’t produce great players. Even your buddy Maldini went to other countries signing players there instead. Ask yourself why.

    2. Totally agree. Juve runs under the radar, much underestimated. I also feel that Inter starts from a strong level, I don’t see them weakened overall. These two should be the favorites.
      We are not much behind in terms of roster but overall we are a gamble. Too many changes. In my mind most of the them were needed on paper but it hardly ever works to change so much at once. Gradual roster improvement (and not rapid one) is what took us out of the dark ages.

      1. One thing Maldini did was sign “guarantees” like Kjaer, Ibra and Giroud – players who had been there and done it.

        I think Origi was supposed to be a “guarantee” but he shows that even “guarantees” are never that.

        I think if Pulisic and one of our new midfielders can settle in quickly then that will give us the best chance. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if Pioli only makes a couple of changes to the starting line up to begin with.

        The midfield is the biggest problem as we’ve got an entirely new midfield.

        1. Another entirely clueless reply. Bennacer, who was our better midfielder from before is out for months dude. Get a grip already. We has no choice but to invest in high caliber players.

          1. “High caliber players” is a completely meaningless statement.

            This isn’t a computer game.

            The exact same players can perform at different levels depending on the situation.

            Man Utd went from 1st to 7th when Ferguson retired.

            Chelsea went from 1st to 10th because Mourinho insulted the physio and lost the dressing room. They then won the title the following year.

            Top level football comes down to inches not miles, and if a manager or club puts a single foot wrong it can all be undone. That is why it’s generally a good idea to thread carefully.

          2. This game is a business. Not one for your feelings of having a player stay in the same place for 15 seasons. Man Utd went from 1st to 7th because they have a plethora of financial problems, and despite spending 55 million on Onana, I can assure you they won’t get any higher.

            Your statements are ludicrous. Mourinho doesn’t coach Milan. He coaches 6th-7th place AS Roma.

    3. I agree with you on Pioli.

      So far the team is competitive and the mercato is good when we count on offence. But Midfield will struggle if Reijnders or RLC doesn’t step up massively.

      The weakest link is PIoli. I am worried about ‘his’ 433. Pioli’s 433 is basically 4231 except he fields a CM instead of a CAM and calls it a day. That’s not how 433 is supposed to work. The formation is based on either high speed counterattacks or possession based football with a false 9. We do neither and every team is gonna exploit that weakness just as those relegation teams did least season by simply steam rolling the midfield and fortified defensive lines.

      The only viable chance of Pioli’s survival is 4231. Hope he realises it soon enough.

  7. Raffaele Palladino is exactly the right man for the new Milan, should Pioli fail to adapt to the new team. We all witnessed the remarkable job he did at Monza after the departure of Giovanni Stroppa. He has an incredible ability to adapt. And above all the quality with which he takes Monza to beat the great teams of Serie A. If he was able to do a remarkable job with more or less average players, just imagine what he could achieve with the current Milan Ac squad.

      1. The most important thing is not what hole you dig them out of, but rather what they are capable of doing when faced with the facts. And in that respect, Palladino has amply demonstrated that he is a coach that any team can trust. Giampaolo, on the other hand, will remain Milan’s biggest nightmare. And he’s one of Maldini’s low marks.
        When Milan were 16th in the league and had just been humiliated (1-3) by Fiorentina, Maldini told a press conference: “I repeat what was said on Sunday. Our coach was chosen by everyone and we will always defend him. We have a young team. We knew we were taking risks. Of course, four defeats in six games is a lot and the quality of the game is not satisfactory. We were hoping to do better, but we just need to give it time.”
        Yet we were only one step away from the red line. Milan have come a long way.

    1. You get that Pioli helped deliver the title?

      Where is your gratitude?

      Why are you already looking to move on from him (if and when he fails in the near impossible task of integrating 10 plus new players into a team)?

      This just points to the huge issue with modern football fans. There’s just this constant, unrelenting need for change, and total disregard for the people who literally just a few moments ago delivered success.

  8. Maldini’s Heir keeps going on and on about our hugely disruptive summer lmao. We fixed the right side of this team which often had a dead attack.

    The fact this clown can’t see how we nearly missed qualifying for CL football last season is beyond me.

    If we didn’t invest in the right side of this team and revamp our midfield we would fail to qualify this season. Bennacer is out long term.

    But I guess Maldini’s Heir is really upset Maldini’s signings of Saelesmaekers and Messias are being shown the door lollllll

    1. I’ll stop once the godforsaken transfer window shuts and the football starts.

      I will then back these players 100% regardless of how they perform.

      If they fail I won’t blame them, I’ll blame the club.

      You better do the same or else don’t bother coming back next transfer window.

      1. You’re an angry fool. Maldini signed players from other leagues. Even Saelesmaekers wasn’t domestic.

        You’re endlessly attacking our players, who are better than most of Maldini’s signings.

        And you don’t get to tell me what I shouldn’t or should do. You really have some nerve. I, unlike you, don’t put one man’s ambition over team.

        1. What does Maldini have to do with this?

          I criticised Maldini for making too many signings as well. But at least we had modicum of stability.

          If you are going to turn on any of these new signings if they don’t live up to your expectations then you really need to question why you bother supporting a football team.

          The football team is the players. If you don’t like the players you don’t like the football team.

          1. We didn’t lose the core of our team, besides from Tonali. The core still is there. Tonali was sold (rightfully), and Diaz left after his loan ended.

            When the vast majority of these signings do live up to expectations, then you can go cry about it. We aren’t signing players like Origi or Messias. And when Maldini was still on we were linked with 34 year old Arnautovic. No thanks.

            You don’t know anything about this sport or how it operates. It isn’t a feel good place for you. It’s a business in the end.

            And don’t question my values or integrity. Somebody like you doesn’t have the right to do so.

    2. Dude calm down, he expresses his view in a nice way – and he has a good point.
      I agree with you that the team needed improvement, that was kind of clear, everyone agreed on this – Maldini himself was the first one to repeat this publicly again and again.
      It’s the way you do the improvement. Adding more than 2-3 starters rarely works – even if it is needed. Gradual improvement and patience.

      1. You are just like him. Speaking out of thin air. This is the problem. With Bennacer out for months, we didn’t have a choice but to reinforce our very thin midfield and what good is starting Messias and Saelesmaekers week in and week out?

        The kid has no real point. He’s upset that Maldini was fired and the current management did better than Maldini in actually signing players that were miles better.

        Na, I’m not buying it for a second. These new signings already look really comfortable, such as against Madrid.

    3. Maldini heir just thinks that everyone on Milan is great, they just need more time. CDK, Origi, etc.. That’s not true obviously and the signings have definitely strengthened the team.
      There is no need to trash Messias and Saelemaekers, one of them will stay and I hope it’s Messias. He can be a useful player off the bench and provide offense. He has scored some big goals for this team and Milan always have injuries.

      1. Messias and Saelesmaekers have no business being on this team. I’d rather we keep Romero, who by the way is a domestic signing to placate the anger of Maldini’s Heir, over either of them.

  9. Shout out to all our former players playing for our direct rivals:

    Donnarumma (ok he’s at PSG)
    Bonucci, Acerbi, Romagnoli
    Darmian, Cristante, Pašalić, Locatelli, De Sciglio
    El Shaaraway

    Imagine if those 11 were still at the club. Some of them would’ve been playing together for 10 plus years.

    Calabria is the only player in the current squad who has been there for more than 5 years and 24 of our (absolutely enormous) 33 man squad have been at the club for less than 3 years including the many, many, many new arrivals.

    1. I’m howling right now. You’re shouting out a bunch of former players for what? Many of those guys didn’t even make it. Lol and whatever happened to Cristante lol.

      And praising De Sciglio, who wasn’t happy with all the playing time he had, so he switched to a bitter rival and just rots on the bench there.

      Good iob, dude. You really have issues.

      Oh and if those guys stayed we wouldn’t have won a league title.

      I give a shout out to Bennacer, Maignan, Tomori, Leao and certainly to Zlatan for turning this team around.

      1. Didn’t “make it”?

        He won the Euros with Italy.

        What exactly is your definition of “making it”?

        None of the players we’ve signed have won the Euros…

        We don’t know how the team would’ve done with those players but one thing we would have is stability and an identity.

        1. I’m talking about club wise. Where is Cristante right now? Oh yes, playing for a team that consistently doesn’t qualify for the CL and has trouble even qualifying for the EL. Roma has been in worse shape than we have for years. They have been in 5th to 7th place for years now.

          The team has identify with Maignan, Tomori, Leao and Zlatan. Heck, it was really Zlatan that came back here and got this team back to winning ways. Getting 7th place and “identity” is fine if you’re AS Roma. If you want to play in the Europa League or Conference league go follow one of those other teams.

  10. All this worry about change. Change happens every year. Origi & CDK were a small amount of changes in terms of player count that simply didn’t work out.

    The convo should be about the _right_ change. I love Salamakers coming off the bench like a wrecking ball. He certainly shows flashes of brilliance here and there too. But we don’t secure top 4 with the right change.

    Sucks that Tonali was sold. But with Benny out, Diaz gone, change is required. RLC … Here is hoping he can stay healthy. Pulisic, I see potential upgrade to Diaz because he won’t get bullied off the ball.

    And can we agree Giroud was over used and ineffective because of it last year? Ibra gone. Origishoed little to say he’d adapt. So a new additional striker it is.

    I wish we could get Balogun, but the money for Tonali can only go so far.

    We needed the change because much was forced upon us. A deep thank you to Tonali for being the sacrifice that allows us to evolve.

    1. Yes a lot of change is happening across professional football.

      We’re just over the half way mark of the transfer window and in Serie A alone just 20 teams have seen 322 departures (ave of 16 per club) and 115 arrivals (ave of 7 per club).

      Last year just 20 Serie A clubs were involved in 789 departures (ave of 39 per club) and 363 arrivals (ave of 18 per club).

      That includes youth players and loans in/out/shake-it-all about.

      And that’s been going on now for about 20 years since the transfer market got completely out of control, and during that time Milan and Serie A have lost their competitiveness.

      The teams that have tended to do better are the ones with the least turnover. Barca, Real, Bayern, Juve and now Man City have all kept relatively stable sides based around a core of players who have played at the clubs for years:

      – Benzema was at Real for 14 years;
      – Bonucci has been at Juve for 12 years expect for his one year when he came to Milan struggled and then went back to Juve to become a champion again;
      – Müller has been at Bayern for 15 years;
      – Busquets at Barca for 15 years;
      – Man City have settled down now with their signings (and are therefore back to winning the title) De Bruyne has been there for 8 years (after he was discarded by Chelsea who have generally been too busy on the transfer market apart from periods of stability which coincided with their title wins).

      I said before Tonali was sold that he was irreplaceable. Not because he was amazing but because what he represented. What players represent is often far more important than their abilities which are changeable depending on form, confidence, tactics, and what they had for dinner last night.

      If we were to sell him we should have reinvested that money in 2-3 next level players. Instead we have contributed more than our far share to the transfer merry-go-round.

      1. Dude , every club in italy sell their starter player to fund transfer budget.Stop living on the past glory serie A. AC Milan only sell 1 starter player and you cry like the world ended. Look at Roma & IM both have 0 euro budget and desperate sell their starter player, do you know how roma fans feel at mercato ? They cursing friedkin only sign low cheap player & free transfer player. IM more worst ,sell player to pay debt to oaktree,they still dont have 1st GK & 2nd GK after sell onana / release handa, they dont want to pay yann sommer 6m euro but asking reduced price to 4m euro. Juve ?? They already sell kulu 30m euro but still want to sell dusan & chiesa ( dusan money to fund buying lakaka from chelsea) . Napoli ? They already lost kim to bayern and change coach, maybe they will sell kvara or osimhem if there is 100m euro+++ bid from EPL club. Lazio ?? They lost SMS & failed to compete with bournemouth to sign kerkez ( 2m euro different offer only ) . AC Milan are the best club in italy interm of financial health and ACM only lost 2 starter player : brahim ( return to Real madrid ) & tonali , i wont count junior in RW since it is not sure him or salad are starter ( junior on his way out ) . The other starter still same like maignan ( GK ) , theo ( LB ) ,calabria ( RB ) , Tomori ( CB) , Kalulu or thiaw ( CB) , Bennacer CMF ( injured so reijnders replace him ) , Krunic ( CMF / DMF) ,Pobega / RLC ( CMF/DMF), Giroud ( CF), Leao ( LW ), Pulisic ( RW) / samuel chukwu ( maybe join this week ) ,this is formation 433 . But if using 4231 pulisic will fill brahim place while reijnders & krunic form double pivot

        1. Every club in Italy…..exactly….

          And Italy hasn’t made it out of the group stage of a World Cup since 2006…..

          Just because that’s what everyone is doing (and my comment was a general comment about the state of modern football) doesn’t mean we should keep doing it!

          This “sell to fund transfers” wouldn’t be necessary if we didn’t keep signing new players!

          The clubs are losing a fortune so it’s not like it makes any business sense, and it makes zero footballing sense.

          We finally started to get some stability and with it results and now that stability is gone again and we’re back on the roller coaster.

          1. Our squad had serious deficiencies last season. Bennacer, for an example, is out long term. We nearly missed out on qualifying for the CL last season too. Again, we drew many games because of deficiencies in our midfield and defense.

            Also, we maintained financial stability this summer and balanced the books. Teams often sell their top starts and reinvest. Its called business.

      2. You have no clue what you’re even talking about. Other leagues have seen more players come and go than the Serie A. It’s called football. And in more modern times, it happens a lot.

        We wouldn’t have won the league title without the outside the league new signings such as Maginan, Leao, Tomori and others. Some signings Maldini actually got right. But even he knew that signings from within the league wouldn’t work and that we needed new players.

        If we stuck to your philosophy we would still have De Sciglio and Cristante, and we would be struggling to even qualify for the Europa League. You’re no real Milan fan.

        Oh and Tomori and Maignan adjusted to the league right away despite not knowing Italian and never playing in the league.

        1. Serie A has statistically the highest player turnover of the top 5 leagues.

          That is actually a fact.

          It’s a serious issue that is killing the national team, and the game. It’s got to the point where young fans don’t follow clubs anymore but players.

          This doesn’t happen in any other sport including ones that have transfers.

          Italians didn’t just randomly forget out to play football. If clubs are consistently failing to develop youth players (as well failing to get the most out of the majority of new signings) then there is something seriously wrong.

          I’m glad you like some of our current players. It helps to like the players you watch each week.

          1. It’s because players within the League just aren’t good enough. Italian players aren’t good enough. Ask yourself why we’re struggling to find a LB even worth it. Ruggeri is the latest name and he’s meh… we need to sign an Italian player for registration reasons.

            Even the Italian players we do have, like Gabbia, aren’t that good. The best LB in the Serie A is French.

            Italian players just aren’t good enough these days. They aren’t Nestas or Maldinis anymore.

  11. The fact some will sit here and continue to be in denial of reality, while bashing on our players.

    Besides from Romero, ask yourself why we didn’t sign many players from within the league. In fact, many of the other top teams in the League also sign players in different leagues. It’s because the Serie A simply doesn’t produce quality players, like it did back in the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Nothing was “hugely” disruptive about investing in key players for our attack. The players we signed are miles better than what we had on the right side of the team. Period. Someone is having a huge meltdown and tantrum on here.

    1. So a footballing mad country of 60m just forget how to play football?

      Not only footballing mad country of 60m but also a country that in that period has welcomed migrants from all overt the world. Yet none of them know how to football.

      Belgium, a country of 11m, can produce players but not Italy?

      Spain, a country of 50m?

      You don’t think there’s something structurally wrong?

      I am not really having a tantrums. It seems you are since I rained on your transfer market. No I am going for some deep analysis here. Let’s stay really calm and figure out how Serie A and Italy are going to recover.

      PS Most of the players from the 80s and 90s would be playing in Serie B or below nowadays. It’s got nothing to do with quality and everything to do with the huge waste of talent we see thanks to the excesses on transfer market.

      1. Italy has had a tremendous down spiral of quality. Even Maldini signed a majority of players from other countries. This is a fact.

        There is something structurally wrong with Italy itself and the way they bring up players.

        You’re having plenty of tantrums. If this management signed one or two players, you would be screaming they didn’t do enough.

        This new management was screwed either way in your eyes and it didn’t matter. You’re still angry that Maldini was fired.

        Also you weren’t old enough to see players in the 1990s.

  12. If we replaced our defense, I’d be concern. But our core is nearly the same.

    Oh and Maginan, Leao and Tomori all came from different leagues. None of them played in the league before. They adjusted right away.

    Attacking players also fare better than defensive ones coming from different leagues. This is why I’m so excited about Pulisic, Chukwueze and the others. They will be ready right away.

  13. If you don’t sign players that are upgrades when you move up the table, and compete in the Champions League, you’ll fail.

    Every top level team makes changes and signs new players every year. Teams like Man City, Bayern, and others all make many changes.

    And yet we still have the core of our players. So despite signing mainly new attacking players (and attacking players generally adapt better than defenders from other leagues, though Tomori did great), we still have more stability than other top teams.

    So I think attacking management for not having stability is weird. They’re complementing what we already have. Bringing in better players, so players like Leao can do even better. Leao practically recommended Okafor as one example.

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