CM: How Milan’s market strategy clearly differs from rivals Inter and Juventus

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have chosen to adopt a different strategy to their rivals Inter and Juventus in terms of philosophy and how that guides their actions on the transfer market. writes how after welcoming the 22-year-old Yacine Adli following the conclusion of his loan at Bordeaux, the Rossoneri will also add the 21-year-old Charles De Ketelaere into the fold, so the club now has two potential starters for the next few years that will further lower the average age of the squad.

Milan’s average squad age was 25.8 years last season for the Scudetto win and has now lowered again with the two aforementioned signings, with Divock Origi (27) acting only as a slight counterbalance. Juventus’ average age in 2021-22 was 26.8 and that of Inter was 28.9.

Inter have signed the 33-year-old Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the 29-year-old Romelu Lukaku to while Juventus have turned to Paul Pogba who is 29 (and is struggling with a serious injury) and Angel Di Maria who is 34.

The Italian champions are focusing against on youth showing that the strategy of Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara is different from the competition, with a ‘cultural’ difference evident with respect to rivals. Adli and a De Ketelaere join Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Theo Hernandez, Tonali, Bennacer and Leao in forming part of an exciting core.

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  1. Inter have signed the 330-year-old Henrikh Mkhitaryan – and yet people complaints about ibra being old 😀
    Kidding aside im actually only really impressed by inters ability to loan lukaku for a small ammount after selling him for 100 mil last year. Thats pretty much a steal.
    Rest of transfers made in serie a doesnt impress me that much, glad we didnt get pogba, wouldnt want us to sign de maria for 1 year. I am rather interested though in seing Khvicha Kvaratskhelia for napoli which could turn out as a steal for 10 mil euros.
    Overall though the cdk deal is one of the most interesting transfers bought in the entire european transfer window as players like haaland and nunez are pretty much demanded to score above twenty goals each or they’ll end up considered failures compared to the sums paid.
    Charles de ketelaere and adli deals are visionary ones that will strengthen us for years to come.

    1. 100% correct, Adli was a steal at 8m, same for De Ketelaere, who should see his value shoot up like Leao’s if he has a good season.

      1. I agree and Im pretty confident that both players value is bound to heavily increase as i suspect both will have a great season with us.

    2. Actually Napoli & Roma have done miracles in this mercato and IN THEORY could rival for scudetto. But in reality they both underperform in the end (as always) and leave the scudetto to others. Which is fine by me. 🙂

      1. Roma spend a lot every year, last year they spent the most in the league (127m) to only finish 6th.
        Spending stupidly doesn’t guarantee results, Napoli only spent 20m and ended above them and Juventus.

      2. Im not really that inspired by romas transfers as they got dybala and matic on free transfers, neither of great interest to me. Then they got a 22 year old belgian/serbian goal keeper for 2 mil but my knowledge is limited of the player. The final transfer of theirs is that of celik and that seems like a good cheap deal with a lot of potential, that ill give to them.
        Napoli lost insigne, koulibaly, mertens and hasnt really replaced them with any of their standards from what i can see. As i said though Kvaratskhelia is an interesting aquisition.

    3. Hi, Kvaratskhelia is going to be the new Kaka, believe me. That boy is a wonderful player and it is very bad that Maldini did not listen to Kaladze who strongly recommend him. I am sure Napoli got the best player this summer and I will watch their matches if they do not conflict with Milan’s.

      1. I never said it was a bad deal quite the contrary but his favoured position is the left wing and that seem that he is coming as a replacement for insigne and that carries a great deal of pressure as he will need to contribute with 20 goals combined in goals and assists each year. Will he be able to do that, potentially in the long run but not necessarly now.
        Nevertheless it does seem like a great deal but getting him to replace leao, i think not.

    1. Hahaha😂😂😂glad to see a fan of both F1 and football. Tbh, Arrivabene had mess ups too but with a much crappier car.

  2. The only transfers of our rivals that I really envy is Napoli’s sigining of Kvaratskhelia, really a bargain for only 10 M euros. I must say that I’m not taking Lukaku’s case into consideration, because it’s not a ‘normal’ signing, but a very atypical situation.

    1. Kvaratskhelia already in ACM’s radar. But we prefer to sign CDK which is the higher transfer operation. It proofs ACM’s ambition for the European target, to revive the “European DNA”.

  3. That “Exciting Cores” are already the first-team line up, just missing the a GK (maignan 26yrs old) & a STC (Origi 27yrs old).

    Fantastic facts,

  4. Maldini’s plan is to built a strong future team.
    All these players – Tonali,Theo,Adli,CDK, Kalulu , Benacer, Tomori,Leao etc are very good players now, BUT with additional experience gained throughout the years to come (Serie A, CL) they will be top players..Then Milan will have a very strong team and will only buy each mercato one or two players to fill in possible gaps (as per Man City nowadays)

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