MN: No more Piatek, Bonucci; more Mane and Werner – Rangnick’s Milan spending strategy

By Oliver Fisher -

Big-money signings are likely to become a thing of the past under Ralf Rangick, a report claims, but that may not be the worst thing for Milan moving forward.

An editorial from MilanNews notes how Rangnick is the first and possible only candidate to lead the Rossoneri into a new era, and as a result several players have already been linked to the club as they look to head in a new, youth-oriented direction.

The German manager in his career has always spent very little, and it is worth nothing that at Milan he would have to manage a higher budget, with the possibility of buying already established players like Dominik Szoboszlai.

However, it seems unlikely that he completely abandons his philosophy and therefore the likelihood of Milan paying €30-40million for a single player – like they did with Paquetà, Piatek, Bonucci and André Silva – is very slim.

With Ragnick at the helm at any of his previous clubs no purchase has ever exceeded €20million, and the natural ceiling appears to be €10m. Timo Werner cost €10m, Sadio Mané €4m, Marcel Sabtizer €2m, Naby Keïta €1.5m and Joshua Kimmich €500k.

Obviously not all the players chosen by the 61-year-old have turned into stars, but Rangnick has a knack of unearthing reliable players at affordable prices. For this reason, even assuming budgets lower than those mentioned in recent weeks, it is not difficult to believe that the Backnang native can safely complete the purchase campaign.

The report adds how Milan are not in a similar situation to RB Leipzig in 2012 (who were in the fourth division), but Leipzig are now third in the Bundesliga and with two feet in the quarterfinals of Champions League.

Milan instead are seventh in Serie A – so while the German club have been able to work calmly and enhance itself, the Rossoneri instead have collapsed gradually between “questionable management, changes of ownership and decision-making schizophrenia”.

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