CorSport: ‘No need to sell’ – Milan’s increasingly positive summer transfer budget

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan are not required to sell players this summer before making signings with the summer transfer budget looking in good shape for a variety of reasons. 

According to Corriere dello Sport (via Pianeta Milan), the Rossoneri will not need to sacrifice a major star such as Theo Hernandez or Mike Maignan to make the necessary moves in the transfer window this summer.

The overall balance sheet of the club is in a good place and revenues from commercial deals are only increasing, which eventually bleeds into the football operation.

Supposedly, the budget for the summer is somewhere between €90m and €100m. Around €50m will arrive from qualifying for the Champions League, and €17m comes from finishing second in Serie A.

Then, player redemptions like €23m from Atalanta for Charles De Ketelaere and €15m for players like Junior Messias, Rade Krunic and Alexis Saelemaekers will boost the budget.

Wages will be saved by the departures of Olivier Giroud, Simon Kjaer, Mattia Caldara and Antonio Mirante, so there should be around €100m to spend before the club has to shift players.

That does not mean that nobody will be sold as Milan may want to spend more than €100m, but the club does not have to step backwards to go forwards.

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    1. If one really stay true to FFP, clubs can no longer just receive money from the owner. That should come from either sponsorship or loan.

      The fact that we can generate almost 100m transfer funds without either should be celebrated, not taken with negativity.

      1. Don’t get me wrong here. The facts that we have a healthy economy in the club after all these years is a very very good thing.

        But… I don’t see the desire of winning from Gerry. A lot of words, but no real action. FFP is one thing, but with the increasing income (which also will increase next year) we can spend more. I’m not saying that he should add another 100 from his own pocket, but he can add something, can’t he?

        With half of the budget is used on the new no.9 (if not Guirassy), how can we buy a (good) CD, RB and CDM for 50 M without selling?

    2. Dude , i dont know if you just sarcasm or serious . But i will explain you , Gery Cardinale are not red bird owner. Red bird are firm investment that many rich people invest in there. This club follow liverpool path that using self refinance ( liverpool also owned by american ) . Rule FFP : owner cannot inject their money to club for transfer fee except maybe PSG seems not affected by that rule

  1. That’s cute and all but we should consider the following:
    – Having generated 50M from UCL qualification and 17M from second place doesn’t mean that all of that money would be used to purchase players. I think last summer we generated even more than that due to the semi-finals and yet our starting budget was around 40M. So we have to put an asterix about this fact that we have a 100M budget for the summer window.
    – It’s nice to say that we don’t have to sell, but considering Theo and Maignan’s demands and the likelyhood of receiving big offers for Theo and Leao, would the management really not sell any of them ? The fact that we don’t need to sell doesn’t mean that we won’t.

  2. With this players, they lacked ambition to win UCL, so just hope to win serie a under new coach and gambling if we get weak opponent in UCL next season..

    1. Yeah agree. Why reject if some one can over pay the player for example thiaw maybe 30m euro or maignan 80m euro

      1. For those two it would be insane to decline. But Theo… He’d need a +100M€ to make any sense. I doubt that anyone would pay it though.

  3. This is a weird way to think about budgets. Milan made certain investments in the past with the aim of UCL qualification, and the 50M is part of the return on that investment, not a bonus that can be spent on nice things. I don’t think that if Milan missed out on all of that cash they’d be break even.

    As an aside, overspending is dumb. If Milan invested in a team that could win UCL, they wouldn’t be able to monetize that success like top Prem or La Liga clubs. We don’t have the infrastructure to match them. So even if sporting success was there, the business wouldn’t be sustainable. We’ve seen the consequences of overreaching. It’s sad to see a world-class team collapse because the business isn’t able to maintain it.

    1. Indeed. Getting the budget to stay 6M€ positive isn’t a sign to spend 100-200M€ on new players. That may be possible once the new stadium is in use but before that the situation is what it is. There is not enough money in Serie A to allow big spending in a sustainable way.

      Looking forward to Inter getting what they deserve in a few years. If Milan were punished by the UEFA in the past, how come Inter could/should get away with their f*ed up finances?

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