Capello offers mercato advice to Milan amid Zirkzee pursuit: “Must work on the base”

By Ben Dixon -

AC Milan’s upcoming mercato is so important, this cannot be stressed enough, considering there are several key areas needing addressing and a shift in manager, and Fabio Capello has offered his verdict on the window. 

Changing a manager is a big decision, but when several areas need addressing in the mercato as well, Milan must have a near-perfect window. Of course, plans have been in place without a manager being confirmed, and the tactical similarities between Paulo Fonseca and Stefano Pioli mean that the handover is easier, but still a big task.

Recruiting a striker and a central defender are the main focuses, and these are two areas that can be the difference in a season like the Rossoneri’s and a season like Inter’s, as difficult as that may be to say.

Capello spoke at Milan Football Week about Milan’s mercato, and his comments have been relayed by Milan News.

Does Zirkzee at AC Milan intrigue?

“They must work on the base they had, having won the championship two years before. It didn’t do that last season. When you make the market, you have to think about what the players you have are worth: if they are worth 90, you have to buy one that is worth 93. If you buy ten that are worth 70, you don’t make a step forward.”

The value of the Italian league?
“We are better at taking foreigners than we are at training players. When I read that the Rossoneri doesn’t even have one call-up to the national team, I think of Capello or Sacchi. They gave eight to ten.”

Tags AC Milan Fabio Capello Joshua Zirkzee


  1. “if they are worth 90, you have to buy one that is worth 93. If you buy ten that are worth 70, you don’t make a step forward”

    Gold. Buy potentials – fine, but buy them along with some who ate worth 93 now. Or just focus on developing the base you have.

    But we will buy more mediocre b2bs probs.

    1. Yup 💯 true from a man who knows what he is talking about not like a lot of the clowns on this chat who claimed we were “cooking” lasst summer when we signed all those players – while only a handlful contributed consistently.

      Should have added 3-4 big players to the core team that went to the UCL semi finals – you know like Maldini had suggested🤔🤔🤔

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