Paolo Maldini is the man that always gets mentioned in transfer-related pieces, but few realise how well his transition to the role of technical director has gone.
As MilanNews reports, Maldini did it in small steps but now the Milan we see on the field are his: one that wins and amazes, who breaks records and dreams big. Maldini entered and overcame general skepticism. He was one step away from leaving but he resisted clinging to his spirit and the strenuous belief that he could be useful to the cause in his own way.
While Stefano Pioli’s Milan have not won anything yet, this is not the point nor the most important aspect. Instead, what matters is the fact that there is finally a solid base on which to work, bet and believe.
Paolo has made many good moves and has helped bring in some players who are already worth a lot more than he paid for them. His movement from the field to the office was long, slow and tiring, but ultimately productive.
The Theo Hernandez signing is undoubtedly the flagship of a growing management by the current Milan technical director, made up of targeted purchases and precise interventions.