AC Milan director Paolo Maldini has admitted that the squad needs investments to go up a level and seemingly confirmed a couple of deals in the pipeline.
Maldini gave a long interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport during which he spoke about numerous topics including feeling disrespected over his renewal to the potential for new ownership. As part of it he was asked about the importance of the summer mercato, and conceded that there must be investment to take that next step.
“Today Milan with a high-level strategic vision can go on to compete next year with the biggest clubs. Instead we could choose a maintenance vision, without investments, without an idea that is Milan-worthy, and we would remain in limbo among the best six or seven teams in Italy to try to win back the Scudetto and qualify for the Champions League,” he said (via MilanNews).
“Elliott or the owners that could arrive, close the three years and understand what strategy you want for the future. With two or three significant signings and the consolidation of the players we have, we can compete for something bigger in the Champions League.”
There has been an abundance of speculation in the media suggesting that Milan are closing in on the signing of both Divock Origi on a free transfer and Sven Botman from Lille, and Maldini addressed each.
“We are talking to Origi and it is very well advanced. Botman? We have followed him, but there are many good players in that role.”
There is no doubting that Maldini has had a big hand in the resurgence of the past two seasons, and therefore fans and the leadership at the club have every reason to trust his assessments on what the squad needs.