AC Milan are determined to continue with their current path which is centred around signing and developing young talent, a report claims.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports how Milan were the youngest side of Europe’s top five leagues to win the title. With an average age of 25 years and 344 days, the Rossoneri were younger than Bayern Munich (27 years and 135 days), City (27 years and 160 days), PSG (28 years and 36 days) and Real Madrid (28 years and 97 days).
The market will follow those principles too. Divock Origi is an experienced striker despite being just 27 having won the Premier League, the Champions League and the Club World Cup. Charles De Ketelaere (21) and Renato Sanches (24) could arrive to rebalance the age.
Even then, De Ketelaere has won three league titles and a Belgian Super Cup with Club Brugge and Sanches has ten trophies from his times at Benfica, Lille and Bayern Munich plus one with the Portuguese national team.
The midfield will also get younger as Stefano Pioli seems set to focus on the players that have just arrived. Tommaso Pobega got himself a leading role at Torino despite being just 22, while Yacine Adli captained Bordeaux for certain games last season at 21 years of age.
In the current squad we can see how Rafael Leao, Sandro Tonali and Pierre Kalulu were absolute protagonists of the Scudetto win having each had their own periods of struggle. That in itself shows the importance of patience when building something (hopefully) special.
After the heights of the Scudetto win, Milan will also seek to go further in Europe, with a young and above all ambitious squad hoping to help do just that.