Maldini hints at buying more experience in January: “We are not magicians”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan director Paolo Maldini has hinted that the club are ready to invest in experienced players to help them achieve their goals.

Calciomercato.com recently reported that owners Elliott Management spent €154million over the last two windows, which of course includes the combined €70m for Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek in January.

This summer, the American fund spent €7m on Rade Krunic, €16m on Ismael Bennacer, €20m on Theo Hernandez, €30m on Rafael Leao, €11m on Leo Duarte plus the €5m cost for the two-year loan for Ante Rebic.

In a feature on the current state of Milan by the Financial Times, Maldini admitted that the club are currently lacking in experience, something his colleague Boban has also previously admitted.

“No team entirely formed by young people has ever won the Champions League,” he said.

“Last year 14 of the 16 teams that qualified for the second phase of the Champions League achieved the highest revenues. We are not magicians, we know it.”

Lucas Paqueta arrived in January for €35m despite rumours of the club’s poor financial state.

“That was something that gave us a lot of energy,” Maldini said.

“We saw the passion also to have something nicer and more attractive and, in the end, more successful for the business.”


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