Journalist full of praise for Milan’s management after a ‘very very positive mercato’

By Oliver Fisher -

Journalist and mercato expert Paolo Bargiggia has praised AC Milan for the summer transfer window they were able to carry out while keeping an eye on their accounts.

It was a chaotic start to the summer for Milan with Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara being sacked and Sandro Tonali being sold, but then the new management got to work and used the money to strengthen the squad.

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Bargiggia gave an exclusive interview to MilanNews to reflect on and analyse the summer transfer window that Milan conducted and it would be fair to say he is an admirer.

“Defining the AC Milan mercato that has just ended as extremely positive seems an all too easy exercise… I would define it as ‘surprising’, but surprising for those who, at the end of last season, had been very sceptical, were tearing their hair out and shedding bitter tears for this total change of strategy, for the goodbyes to Maldini and Massara and for the sale of Tonali,” he said.

“Personally I wasn’t surprised, on the contrary: I was saying that there was a clear change of strategy with respect to our football, which has somewhat provincial dynamics, somewhat conservative, with the classic sporting director, with the coach kept at the margins or almost at the margins of market operations, following more of the national-popular logic by popular acclaim.

“Cardinale’s AC Milan has done the opposite: he has set a very precise strategy, he has made it clear: it is a group organisation with the coach playing a central role. And the sale of Tonali served to finance part of the market with a subsequent economic effort on the part of the ownership.

“This was possible thanks to the Rossoneri’s extremely positive 22-23 balance sheet, thanks to some salaries saved and a few disposals.

“There were 10 signings: perhaps Taremi did not arrive. Pioli had asked for him, but right at the end, demonstrating an iron will, AC Milan took Jovic for free: just to see if the forward would relaunch.

AC Milan were able to give the tail end of the mercato, rising again even on the last day, with some weighty disposals such as those of Origi and Ballo-Touré.

“A very very positive mercato, surprising in a positive way. 10 signings, team strengthened especially on the attacking front, with Pulisic and Chukwueze being luxuries; not insane figures for the signings, maximum €20m for the transfer fee, maximum €4 million for the wages.

“A positive window, with only one flaw, even though we are in the midst of globalisation: only one Italian, no resources for Spalletti.”

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