The wheels of AC Milan’s mercato are firmly in motion with a number of signings already sealed but plenty still to work on.
MilanNews writes how Milan have already closed the permanent signings of Mike Maignan, Fikayo Tomori and Sandro Tonali while Davide Calabria signed his renewal earlier today and the arrival of Olivier Giroud from Chelsea and Brahim Diaz from Real Madrid should be sealed next week.
Exits: Brothers Gianluigi and Antonio Donnarumma, Hakan Calhanoglu, Soualiho Meité and Mario Mandzukic all left Milan either at the expiry of their contract or because their loans ran out.
Targets: In terms of signings, Milan want a right-back and a left-back to let the starters Davide Calabria and Theo Hernandez catch their breath plus. a central midfielder who can alternate with Franck Kessie.
In addition, Maldini and Massara are working on an attacking midfielder to replace Calhanoglu, a right winger to compete with Alexis Saelemaekers and a young striker to grow under. Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Returnees: Several players will come back from their loan spells including Andrea Conti, Mattia Caldara, Alessandro Plizzari, Tommaso Pobega and Lorenzo Colombo. For each of them the chances of remaining are minimal as they could be used as counterparts, pieces to make capital gains or be loaned again.
Below is a summary of the operations that Milan have completed so far or they are currently working on…
Signed: Maignan, Tomori, Tonali, Calabria.
Almost official: Giroud, Brahim Diaz.
Positions to strengthen: Right-back, left-back, midfielder, attacking midfielder, right winger and young forward.
Departures: G. Donnarumma, A. Donnarumma, Calhanoglu, Meité, Mandzukic.
Returns from loans: Conti, Caldara, Plizzari, Pobega, Colombo.