Tuttosport: Maldini declares January market closed even though Milan need a striker

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are not expected to be big movers during the January transfer window despite the fact the squad is far from complete, a report claims.

This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews) reports that barring surprises, Milan’s January transfer market should only consist of the signing Denis Vasquez, the Colombian goalkeeper who arrived from Club Guaranì.

Confirmation also came in recent days from technical director Paolo Maldini, who announced that there will be no new additions and therefore the Milan squad will remain this way until the end of the season.

However, the paper reports that the scenario could possibly change if an interesting opportunity were to present itself. The attacking department is in particular need of potential reinforcements because there is no current alternative to Olivier Giroud given that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still injured (and it is not known when and how he will return) while Divock Origi cannot seem to stay fit.

Milan’s current idea is not to intervene but it cannot be fully excluded that something will change in the next two weeks. The possible arrival of a new striker would only be on loan, unless owners RedBird give the go-ahead to bring forward the purchase of a new striker in January, given one is already planned for the summer.

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  1. I’m certain the last 2 paragraphs are just copy and pasted from the last 6 windows. Possibly maybe could sign someone but it might only be a loan or might be an actual signing so it’s possible this could actually maybe definitely not really possibly occur but who knows it might just maybe happen.

  2. Ostavit : Manjana, Hernandesa, Tonalija, Tomorija, Leaa , Benasera i Kalabriju ovo ostalo sve rastjerat jer je prestaro ili totalni ŠKART

  3. What a shame….fkn Redbird. We all know if they could – M&M would bring in reinforcements this winter market – but cannot do so without a budget. What a waste.

  4. Our squad will likely continue to get weaker as the wealth gap between Serie A clubs and their EPL counterparts grows. An article in today’s edition of the Guardian newspaper in the UK reveals, amongst other things, that (1) last summer EPL clubs spent a combined £1.92bn on transfers – about the same as the other big five European leagues combined; and (2) Wolves and Everton, currently in 16th and 19th position respectively in the EPL standings, now have higher revenues than AC Milan, while Southampton, which is at the foot of the EPL table, earns more money than Napoli, who are running away with the Serie A title. And what is the chief reason for this growing wealth gap? Answer: EPL’s vastly superior TV broadcasting revenues. So, until this root cause is addressed by continental European clubs, then with the exception of Real Madrid and PSG, they’re going to struggle to attract and retain top players. Every now and then AC Milan will uncover a young player with great potential (e.g. Leao, Theo) and turn him into a star, but more often than not we’ll get rejects or players who are past their prime. The solution to this problem, as I’ve argued before on this platform, is to form a merit-based, multi-divisional European league (EL) to replace Serie A and other national leagues on the continent. Only then, in my view, will European TV broadcasting revenues match those of the EPL, and AC Milan, as a protagonist in the EL, will at last be able to compete for the best players in the transfer market. Alternatively, let an Arab sovereign fund, or a consortium of super-rich (not merely rich) American investors, take over AC Milan. I prefer the EL solution. Leagues on the continent have no real choice but to unite, or else they’ll likely forever be consigned to a subordinate status, becoming a poor sideshow to the EPL. Does RedBird have the vision, ambition, and drive to grab this bull by the horns and spearhead the effort to transform club football in Europe, and thereby the long-term prospects of our beloved Rossoneri?

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