MN: How Milan have changed – the starting XI before and after the summer window

By Oliver Fisher -

The summer transfer window officially closed on Monday night, and now reflections can begin to take place on the business done.

Milan welcomes five new faces in Brahim Diaz, Sandro Tonali, Ciprian Tatarusanu, Jens Petter Hauge and Diogo Dalot, while securing a permanent deal for Ante Rebic and a new contract for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

As MilanNews notes, before the window Milan had a pre-established starting XI and a formulaic way of doing things. Donnarumma was in goal protected by a back four of Conti, Kjaer, Romagnoli and Theo Hernandez, with Kessie and Bennacer in midfield.

Castillejo would be on the right, Calhanoglu the playmaker and Rebic on the left, supporting Ibrahimovic up front.

Pre-market XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Conti, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic. Herds Pioli

However, new faces have arrived to freshen things up. The report claims that Dalot is expected to start, while Brahim is now preferred to his compatriot Castillejo in a new-look right side.

Post-market XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Dalot, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Brahim, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic.

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  1. Not sure what report claims Dalot would be a starter. The Portuguese is barely an upgrade over Conti, let alone Calabria.
    I’m afraid, even Kalulu will have a more important impact than Dalot.

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