MN: A 24-man squad set to diminish – Milan could make 12 summer signings

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan could be in line to make as many as 12 summer signings when assessing the current state of the squad, a report claims.

The Rossoneri seem to be heading for yet another revolution over the next few months, with the sacking of CFO Zvonimir Boban likely to be the starting shot.

However, this does not only mean at a technical and managerial level, but also from the point of view of the squad. Milan currently has 24 players, but three are on loan until June (Asmir Begovic, Simon Kjaer and Alexis Saelemaekers), while three are due to expire (Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura). have assessed the state of the current 24-man squad, and what that may mean for the summer window…

The current squad

Goalkeepers: Begovic (on loan until June), A. Donnarumma, G. Donnarumma

Defenders: Calabria, Conti, Duarte, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez, Kjaer (on loan until June), Laxalt, Musacchio, Romagnoli.

Midfielders: Bennacer, Biglia (expiring in June), Bonaventura (expiring in June), Calhanoglu, Kessie, Krunic, Paquetà.

Forwards: Castillejo, Ibrahimovic (expiring in June), Leao, Saelemaekers (on loan until June), Rebic.

The various situations

In the summer Pepe Reina and Ricardo Rodriguez will return from their respective loans at Aston Villa and PSV Eindhoven, but their return may just be a fleeting visit as they could then move on. The former is currently behind Gianluigi Donnarumma and the latter beneath Theo Hernandez in the depth chart.

Asmir Begovic could stay depending on the fate of the goalkeeping department, but the probable change in management does not bode well for the Bosnian.

It is a similar story for Simon Kjaer, for whom there is an option to buy at €2.5m but whether that will be exercised remains a decision for whomever will be in charge of the market.

Alexis Saelemaekers – in case of Ralf Rangnick’s arrival – could represent a welcome profile, but his redemption is far from sure. The big name however is that of Ibrahimovic, and the Swede remains to be convinced by who will arrive, provided that he is part of the programs.

A brand new squad?

Considering the probable farewells of Biglia and Bonaventura, Milan could potentially find themselves with 20 senior players by July 1, which would become 18 if Reina and Rodriguez agreed to stay with their respective clubs or departed elsewhere.

This is a situation that the management designed in order to have greater freedom in summer choices and to get rid of bad contracts. With a new technical area it would be a very pure zero year, considering also any further sales: it is likely that in the summer a dozen new players will arrive, almost an entire team.

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