CM: How Milan’s January budget will be used with Sportiello unlikely to arrive

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are unlikely to invest in a new forward this month and instead will use the budget to try get two renewals over the line, a report claims. write about the injury issues that the attacking department are battling at the moment with Ante Rebic, Divock Origi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all injured, something that could see Charles De Ketelaere used in the role of false nine.

Despite this, the Milan management do not seem willing to invest in a new striker as early as the current January window. Noah Okafor remains a top target for next summer, depending on what Red Bull Salzburg choose to do.

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara will try to convince Atalanta in the next few days to let Marco Sportiello leave early, but at present the most likely outcome is that he will join only from next July.

Any extra budget will be invested in the renewals Ismael Bennacer and Rafael Leao, plus potentially a young winger such as Angelo Gabriel of Santos. He seems a difficult option at the moment which is why other ideas are being evaluated.

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  1. I’m ok with that. It worked last season. The renewals are the priority and new signings are disruptive at this time of the year. Most top teams don’t sign new players in January and most top players aren’t available in January. We have a big squad and not many have done much wrong so far.

    1. Milan doesn’t sign top players anyway, so it doesn’t matter if it’s January, June, July, or August.
      We are a club that signs either a young player just starting his professional career or we are signing old players ready to finish career.
      Step back and look at the signings made in the last 5 years.
      And just because not signing anyone last January worked last season doesn’t mean it will work this season.
      Last season, we only looked at Inter as a competition.
      This season, we are already 8 points behind Napoli, and Juventus, Inter, Lazio, and Roma are right behind us even though most of their big name players were out injured.
      Not to mention that our summer Mercato might have been one of the worst in club history.
      Not doing anything in January might come back and bite Milan in the ass because we might have a big squad numeracally, but a lot of our players are either unavailable or unusable.

      1. Totally agree. Last summer was a catastrophe. Now we are in desperate situation with no real depth in all departments.
        Goal keeper big problem
        Defence, struggling
        Midfield 2 good players.
        Attack seriously short in form and fitness.

        Our management needs to get in some players before our season collapses

        1. Summer was a disaster because CDK hasn’t performed. Most players take a year to adapt to Pioli’s system (or it takes him a year to trust them) so signing players in January is a waste of time. Unless there are Serie A players available, there’s no point in going into the market.

          1. I disagree, we signed unproven players.
            There are plenty of proven players available who would be happy to get first team football and CL.
            Asensio, Pulisic, Zyech, draxler etc etc.
            A 6 month loan would suit any of those guys looking to play regularly

  2. “There are plenty of proven players available who would be happy to get first team football and CL.
    Asensio, Pulisic, Zyech, draxler etc etc.”

    Yes none of the above would have settled for the money Milan would have had to offer. Maybe in a couple of years Milan might have the money for players such as those but not yet. Sad but true.

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