Tuttosport: Milan’s big risk in the January window could be critically exposed

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan were prudent in the January transfer window, choosing not to sign anyone that the management are not convinced by, but in doing so they have taken a big risk.

That is according to Tuttosport (via MilanNews) who report that there is great disappointment among the Milan fans regarding Milan’s January transfer market which in fact brought only one player: 18-year-old striker Marko Lazetic.

The fact that Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara failed to sign a defender despite the recent emergency at centre-back and the season-ending injury sustained by Simon Kjaer is a major cause of frustration, because from now to the end of the season Stefano Pioli will have only four central defenders.

Not only that, but one of them – Pierre Kalulu – has been adapted from his preferred role of right-back. He is expected to start the derby because the chances of seeing Fikayo Tomori recover have decreased, and that in itself is a worry because it shows Matteo Gabbia – a natural centre-back – is not trusted over the younger Kalulu.

Milan tried everything to convince Lille to sell Sven Botman in January, but after their refusal they did not try to get creative. Now, the hope is that there are no other injuries in that department, otherwise the magnitude of the numerical risk that the directors have taken will become exposed.

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  1. Scudetto is gone again for 150%. Many thanks M&M! Soon Rafa and Theo want to have top salary and than Milan have to start from NEW. No clue what is going on there…

    There is Club called Red Bull Salzburg (is playing UCL in spring :-)) just buy from there…as rest of europe do!
    Why not buying now a Sesko for 10mios? instead you wait as long as he has triple market vlaue….of course you need to guarantee starting place.

  2. This isn’t only about the disappointment of the fans, it’s about the team too, the management is throwing the players under the bus by choosing not to sign (nothing against Lazetic but he’s a primavera level player that had to be inserted in the first team). Pioli himself publicly said he needed a CB, nothing happened. Now they’re putting a lot more pressure on the players to secure a Champions League spot but not giving them the resources that the rest of competitors now have after the Winter market. It’s frustrating. I’m afraid the team is going to struggle a lot to secure a Champions League spot. I hope I’m wrong.

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