Milan will start the pre-season on Monday and the pressure is on to continue the good form we saw after the restart. However, to do so, they will need some reinforcements and they are currently running late on the market.
As highlighted by Calciomercato.com, the negotiations for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s renewal is delaying everything. The Swede is exaggerating with his demands of €7.5m, just because he wants to be paid more than Gigio Donnarumma.
Milan can’t live solely of Ibrahimovic’s charisma and although his stay would be important, he can’t be a delaying factor in building this new team. The fact that Stefano Pioli hasn’t had one reinforcement yet doesn’t bode well.
Juventus have secured Dejan Kulusevski and Arthur well in advance, Inter have signed Achraf Hakimi and are closing in on Sandro Tonali. Napoli, furthermore, have brought in Amir Rrahmani and Andrea Petagna
Meanwhile, Milan have focused on selling the redundancies, such as Lucas Biglia, Jack Bonaventura and Ricardo Rodriguez. And yes, it’s true that the transfer window will close in October and there is plenty of time to recover.
That being said, the experience from last year shows that teams are built from the beginning. That’s why there are no more alibis this time. In exactly one month, on Sunday 20 September, Milan will play their first league game.
Just three days before that, they will play their first game in the Europa League qualifiers. One more reason not to waste any more precious time, because it would be unforgivable to leave Europe immediately, after chasing it for an entire season.