Tuttosport: Milan’s European exit alters January plans – low cost deal and no forward to arrive

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s transfer market strategy is set to change as a result of the team’s exit from European competitions altogether, a report claims.

Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) writes that the Milan management and ownership already budgeted in August for a group stage exit from the Champions League given the difficult draw they got, which means they were ready for the possibility of not getting into the round of 16 of the tournament.

Now Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara must get the ‘repair’ market in January right, and if qualification for the knockout stages might have brought the extra revenue to sign a striker, now the Rossoneri are likely to make do with Zlatan Ibrahimović and the injured duo of Olivier Giroud and Pietro Pellegri with a less demanding schedule.

In terms of outgoings, Samu Castillejo and Andrea Conti are still considered to be outside the project and could leave to free up wages and a spot in the squad.

Then there is the signing of a centre-back which has to happen regardless of the European exit due to Simon Kjaer’s injury, and a low cost option could be recalling Mattia Caldara from loan or going for a player with an expiring contract like Luiz Felipe. Other targets like Bremer of Torino and Sven Botman of Lille are more complicated in terms of price.

Tags AC Milan Andrea Conti Bremer Luiz Felipe Mattia Caldara Samu Castillejo Sven Botman


    1. They do want it. But without spending any money. Wy after Chalhanoglu left we are without a playmaker ( Diaz is the only one but he is just a loane)

    2. Hm.

      I would risk it this time too.

      Last two years we had 190, then 90m losses. Now if we cut put Castillejo and Conti, then Florenzi and possibly Ibra and Roma’ share will be cut, we look at 10m savings.
      Close to balance.

      We need to emulate Dortmund and Liverpool models. Grow slowly. Did you know Lazio has similar salary levels to ours? Easy to pay bad players a lot, ask Barca how it works out.

      For this winter 1st goal is Theo, Leao and Ismael contracts.
      Second – do not free agents start NOW, in January. Now is the last time to secure Kamara, maybe Nketiah or Belotti.

      That would leave a lot of funds for summer – if Inter wont take Bremer now, he will be 10m cheaper in summer. Same with Sanches.

      But summer needs to be BIG – if we dont get Belotti we need already proven striker.

      And if we stick with 4 2 3 1 we need a RW too. Man, moving to 3 5 2 would solve Mercatto too.

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