CM: Milan’s summer mercato deserves scrutiny – no signings have made a difference so far

By Oliver Fisher -

After Sunday night’s defeat against Torino that ended a run of four league wins in a row, question marks have again been raised about the summer mercato. begin a report looking back at the summer arrivals by admitting that new signings need time to adjust and adapt to a team with big aspirations, but given a third of the season is already behind us there are very little in the way of positives from the acquisitions.

No reinforcement signed by Maldini and Massara has made the difference so far and none have allowed Milan to make the leap in quality which is necessary to challenge for the title but also reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Charles De Ketelaere was the most expensive signing and he has made 15 appearances between Serie A and the Champions League, with 751 minutes played, 1 assist and no goals. His compatriot Divock Origi – who arrived on a free – has 1 goal and 1 assist in 336 minutes spread over 11 appearances.

Aster Vranckx arrived from Wolfsburg on a loan for €2m with an option to buy set at €12m, but he has so far amassed just 30 minutes across the league games against Sampdoria, Juventus and Monza, with Tommaso Pobega above him in the pecking order.

Sergino Dest landed in Milan from Barcelona on loan with a €20m option to buy. The USA full-back has 339 minutes of action and is more remembered for his errors so far rather than his attacking production.

Yacine Adli has 114 minutes after cameos against Bologna, Sassuolo, Napoli and Hellas Verona, while finally Malick Thiaw was deployed only in the final minutes of the win over Hellas Verona.

Despite the injuries and the busy schedule, Milan boss Stefano Pioli is making little use of the ‘depth’ of the squad, which is a worry given the rotations that are needed to keep up with a demanding season.

Tags AC Milan Aster Vranckx Charles De Ketelaere Malick Thiaw Sergino Dest Yacine Adli


  1. Last season mercato wasn’t much better either but management shortcomings were masked by the Scudetto.
    You can’t keep losing starters and replacing them with young, unproven bench players.
    Losing Giggio, Hakan, Kessie and Romagnoli for nothing, sooner or later will bite you in the ass. People can play math gymnastics as much as they want about how much money Milan have saved by not extending them, but what about how much they’ve lost by not being proactive and selling those players.
    When you realize you aren’t close to the demands of the player then he has to be put for sale ideally with 2 years left on his contract
    That goes for Leao and Bennacer.
    If they haven’t re-signed by december 31st, by January 31st they need to be sold. With every passing day Milan loses leverage and the players fee goes down.
    Get emotion out of it and think long term not just this season

  2. Exactly, letting Kessie go is a major L to all the directors and coach involved.
    Truth is we have not replaced him, Tonali is somewhat over-rated.
    Tatarusanu always conceding free-kick goals. ( Kessie was our natural Destroyer while Bennacer is our Director) Tonali and the rest are replaceable.

  3. Krenula kola nizbrdo !!Ljetna kupovina katastrofalna a ovi što nose igru ne mogu na dva _ tri kolosjeka ! Povrede se zaredale a nema zamjene da VALJA ! Nije ovo sve bit če toga još !! Več u srijedu !!!

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