At San Siro on Thursday there was a meeting between journalists and the AC Milan management, made up of CEO Ivan Gazidis plus directors Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara.
MilanNews were kind enough to transcribe the main issues that were touched upon, which you can read below…
Renewals: The club are confident that they will secure new deals for Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu.
January window: In January the club will continue to invest to improve the squad, but there will be no €50m signings nor will free agents – like Mario Mandzukic – be considered.
On the summer market: Milan achieved all the objectives they set for themselves in the summer mercato. Technical and economic assessments were made regarding the signing of a centre-back, and it was decided to trust those already in the squad.
Milan had well-defined priorities at the beginning of the summer such as the permanent signing of Simon Kjaer, the renewal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the purchase of Ante Rebic and Alexis Saelemaekers.
Then the club wanted to plug holes in the squad with the right opportunities such as Brahim Diaz and Jens Petter Hauge, players followed by Milan for some time. The Tonali opportunity was seized thanks to Elliott Management’s support.
Once all the priorities were sorted, Milan remained at the window to seize any market opportunities. In recent days, the Rossoneri have tried to take a central defensive, but no good opportunities arose.
Tiemoue Bakayoko: Milan pursued him for a long time, but like the centre-back discussion it was decided not to sign him due to technical and economic reasons. The opportunity to sign Tonali also changed the club’s plans, and they will stick with Rade Krunic.
Left-back: Both Davide Calabria and Diogo Dalot can be Theo Hernandez’s deputy.
Economic path: The vision of the Rossoneri management is to reach a break-even point, and a new stadium is fundamental to that.
Season targets: The objective is the Champions League, but it is not a disaster if that does not happen. The important thing is that steps are taken forward in the project.