Goal: Exits, renewals and big targets – Milan preparing for a crucial summer window

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan will not have a crazy summer transfer window after their Scudetto win but will instead focus on making a few more targeted editions to bolster the squad, a report claims.

Goal Italia report that the Rossoneri management are already working to prepare for the 2022-23 season and while there will be no ‘crazy expenses’, the doors are open to ‘substantial investments but which remain in the sphere of sustainability’.

The first signing will not cost a penny in transfer fee as Divock Origi is ready to join once his deal with Liverpool expires. He should arrive in Italy at the beginning of next week to undergo his medical examinations and to sign his contract at Casa Milan, after the Champions League final in Paris against Real Madrid.

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are looking for quality reinforcements in the attacking positions behind the striker because Brahim Diaz, Rade Krunic, Junior Messias and Alexis Saelemaekers are not enough. Messias seems unlikely to stay, while the arrival of a No.10 to play between the lines seems essential as well as a right winger.

In Italy, Domenico Berardi of Sassuolo and Nicolo Zaniolo of Roma are admired, while rumours about Federico Bernardeschi coming on a free seem wide of the mark. In Europe, there are eyes on young Cub Brugge duo Charles De Ketelaere and Noa Lang, plus other high-profile players who are potential starters.

In midfield, the void left by Franck Kessie’s departure towards Barcelona should be filled by Renato Sanches, which is another operation now close to completion in what will be a deal worth around €20m in total.

Yacine Adli will also return from his loan at Bordeaux so Pioli will have to evaluate him in training. Tommaso Pobega will also come back from his loan at Torino but in his case it cannot be ruled out that Milan may decide to raise capital gains should an offer of at least €15m arrive.

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s loan should be terminated early and Roma’s Bryan Cristante is being evaluated as a replacement given he came through the academy of the Rossoneri and would be useful for the squad list, but the €20m asking price is an obstacle at the moment.

Looking at the defence, Alessio Romagnoli seems to be heading for Lazio and Matteo Gabbia could leave on loan, so Sven Botman is expected to sign from Lille to join Fikayo Tomori, Pierre Kalulu and Simon Kjaer who will return from injury. Alessandro Florenzi will be bought outright from Roma.

Rafael Leao is attracting the interest from PSG and Real Madrid but the management are not worried because they believe the Portuguese winger is happy at the club and they are willing to give him a big pay rise to get him to extend.

Finally, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future. The idea of the management is to have three strikers available: Giroud and Origi have occupied the first two slots, the third is reserved for Ibrahimovic, but should the Swede decide to retire then another must be signed.

If the Swede wants to continue playing, Milan are ready to extend his contract for another year, with a substantial portion of that made of bonuses linked to appearances. However, it is a decision he must make based on his body.

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  1. Like all the American owner, no crazy spend,salary capped. I don’t mind that but atleast make the team can passed quartet final CL and competing for scudetto

    1. Where does this silly stereotype come from?
      Manutd, Arsenal, Liverpool and now Chelsea are all American owned and they are some of the biggest spenders on the market, just behind PSG & ManCity who are state owned.
      Someone will say something and most people will just run with it without thinking or doing a research

      1. Some people don’t like facts because they don’t support their opinions.

        No matter how many facts you list here, some will ignore them and keep pushing their BS about the new owners they know NOTHING about. 🙂

      2. Well, Mr Poli, all stereotypes have a base in reality and history.
        In Liverpool’s case, they’re not truly American owned as a mere 11-12% of the club’s stakes are “American”.
        Chelsea has just very recently (and forcefully) changed hands and owners, so you can’t really correlate and attribute claim to their past success to the new owners.
        Man U is very “comfortably” struggling to barely claim a Europa league spot recently.
        Arsenal are pretty much in the same pot as UTD.
        As far as fully owned American clubs, look no further than Toulouse and write back to me, would you?
        Milan’s win is nothing short of a miracle, kinda like Leicester a few years back. So I wouldn’t rest on these laurels and declare that keeping a low budget can and/or does guarantee success. It was rather the exception to the rule.
        Besides, Milan’s place in Europe should be consistent presence in UCL semis and not the occasional and miraculous Serie A title. Low salary caps and low budgets el certainly guarantee that valuable players decide to jump ship.

        1. Wow are wrong . Liverpool is 100% American owned. Redbird has 11% of FSG which are the complete owners.
          Toulouse, really you are going there and making your self look so clueless. Redbird bought them after they went down, now are going back up after running away with the title. We can only hope for such success.
          Arsenal and ManU spend insane amounts of money, poorly. luckily Milan has great management and scouting and doesn’t just throw cash around with no plan like those two do.
          Then let’s take in the fact that you think Milan’s scudetto is a miracle. Only person who would try to claim that is a bitter Inter fan.

    2. This isn’t have anything to do with “American owner” and more on smart transfer from Maldini and Masara.

      There’s no need for crazy spending because Milan already build their core players which most of them are young and can still improve again.

      GK: Maignan, Tatarusanu
      CB: Tomori, Kjaer, Kalulu, Gabbia
      RB: Calabria, Florenzi
      LB: Theo, Balo Toure
      DMF: Tonali, Bennacer, Pobega, Adli
      AMF: Diaz, Krunic, Maldini
      LW: Leao, Rebic
      RW: Saelemakers
      CF: Giroud, Ibra (if he renew), Lazetic

      That’s why Milan only search for
      1 CB: Botman / 22 years old = €20 million
      1 CF: Origi / 27 years old. Free transfer and he will be a good addition either Ibra renew or not
      1 AM: Renato Sanches / 24 years old = €30 million
      1 RW: still searching

      Milan can survive and still got good results without spending a ton of money. More clubs will follow Milan methods in the future.

  2. Berardi… why are we still “admiring” this guy. Did they not see his ballooning shots into the stands on Sunday. I’d rather get Deulofeu back than this turkey. Sheesh.

    1. Exactly lol. Especially not for 30M as quoted. 15M ok then we add another younger and more dynamic RW like Lang or Antony – but 30M for Berardi no TY. Theo destroyed him and he was practically invisible. No thank you

  3. “No crazy spending”…lol. Well that sums it up w Redbird. We will be lucky then to have Origi Sanches and Botman and one RW….that’s about it and perhaps a cheap back up LB to replace Ballo Toure…like I said this model works to make the club and attractive investment but not necessarily a club to win titles. Remember all of these signings are REPLACEMENTS for players we are already loosing (Kessie, Romagnoli and perhaps Ibra) just to keep the same level of talent we had. But who will we ADD to take that next step to compete in CL???? We cannot expect these three signings plus a RW will be enough to compete in Europe IMO. We need MORE. We need to ADD more quality and depth to compete with the best. Adli and Poegba should help (still young) but again they are REPLACEMENTS for Diaz and Bakayoko. We need more. De Keltare (CAM) Lang (RW) or Antony (RW), Nunez. And we must resolve the Leao issue. Help pay the fine and lock him down for the next 10 years lol. Lots of work to do. Let’s see what Kind of owners Redbird will aspire to be – but just keeping the status quote isn’t enough. Lastly – build a fkn stadium already of our own and not shared with Inter. That’s why IMO Investcorp was the better choice. Ball is in your court Redbird make it happen

    1. “like I said this model works to make the club and attractive investment but not necessarily a club to win titles”

      Well you just proofed wrong cause we just win a scudetto with that model.

      Spending a lot doesn’t guarantee to win titles. Just look at Juve this season, they spent a lot more than Milan but Juve didn’t win anything.

      And cheap players doesn’t mean they will be bad. Milan only spent €1.1 million to own Kalulu and look at him right now, not just a solid CB but also a solid RB.

      Or Giroud. Milan only spent €1 million to grab him and he scored 14 important goals & 4 assist.

      Smart transfer is the future.

      1. The issue is whether it is SUSTAINABLE. We won this season (when nobody expected us to). Can we do it again with minimal spending and just replacing the players we will lose next season? Second are we content just challenging in Italy or do we aspire for more (CL)? Spending a lot of $$ of does not guarantee titles – correct. Mirabelli and Fassone proved that lol. But NOT spending while others do guarantees you won’t win for sure esp not in CL. Again I’m not saying we need to spend 300M on players – because we have a solid core to build from. But we do need to do more than just REPLACE the players we are losing. That’s the point. We will see what Redbird will do.

        1. Totally agree with you, Juro.
          We need to spend quite a bit more to even be able to at least get past the group stage in CL. As a fan I want the glory and success back and couldn’t care less how attractive the club’s monetary value looks from one investor to the next. I don’t care if AC win another CL cup against the 3,6 billion valued Chelsea or the 50 million Steaua Bucharest, as long as they win it again.

  4. Liverpool is fully American owned.
    When it comes to Arsenal and ManUtd they might not have the desired results but they are spending a lot every transfer window, which was the subject of the conversation .
    And yes Chelsea just got bought , but you don’t spend 3.6 billion to be cheap.

  5. Getting Nunez & moving Origi to the right would be better than any other configuration.

    Maybe get Sanches as well if we can afford it.

    Thats circa 65 (more with bonuses in next years) for Nunez and 20 for Sanches.

    Diaz out please, useless to keep him. Same for Messias imho – he wont be getting any better.

    Next season will be harder as Europe has way better teams than this serie a.

  6. Don’t compare Milan with Toulouse and Leicester.
    Leicester was a miracle because they are a mid to bottom table club who managed to surprise and win the title ahead of the giants in Premier league.
    Milan is a giant in Italian and world football .
    It would be comparable to Leicester if maybe bologna or florentina won the title.
    Plus Leicester since they won the title they have been spending heavily but money doesn’t always buy success. Psg & Mancity spend more money than some countries and they still can’t win UCL. Psg couldn’t even win French league last year.

  7. You replace players that leave. That’s what new signings are always for. Hopefully they are better than those who left. How many do you expect in the squad? 25 should be the max.

  8. Wow. Typical teenager response to whomever might disagree with their argument. I disagree, therefore I must be a fan of the rival team, right? I think that not even the American club owners themselves would get so defensive about this the way it seems I struck a nerve there.
    Before I waste even more time with pubescent boys, what is your argument in the end: that Yankee owners are big spenders? That Yankee owners shouldn’t spend a lot in order to win a lot?
    And the fact that Milan did manage to win it WAS a small miracle. And it’s not I who’s just saying it (as an over the moon happy AC fan,btw) , but most experts and pundits who had Milan as 4th-5th favourite to win it this year…
    As a fan I care more about results and not where the money comes from, as it’s not from my pocket, nor would it ever provide a return on my own investment.
    Defending or supporting filthy rich investors on a football forum is not worthy of this fan’s time or energy.
    I hope Milan keep on winning. Hard to see how, though, if the investments will stay at a stingy low budget level… American, Mafia or Arab low budget, for that matter.

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