Carlo Pellegatti has likened Yacine Adli to former AC Milan midfielder Fernando Redondo, while he pleaded with the management to consider signing Moise Kean from Juventus.
The match between Milan and Roma at San Siro on Sunday night is one that Yacine Adli will never forget, given that he opened the scoring in an eventual 3-1 win, and there has been plenty of praise forthcoming since.
We published a feature yesterday outlining his journey over the past year, including the fact that he rejected several offers that arrived because he had one goal in mind: to make it as a Milan player.
Pellegatti spoke in his weekly column for MilanNews about what he took from Sunday’s win over Roma as well as how the January mercato looks from the current point of view.
“Milan, France. My weekend began, Saturday evening, with Woody Allen’s latest film, ‘Coupe de Chanche’, seen in French, but with rigorous Italian subtitles,” he began.
“A romantic love story, with yellow veins, shot in Paris, with the photography of Vittorio Storaro, winner of three Oscars, who made the French capital even more beautiful and bright.
“Twenty-four hours pass. As if by magic, San Siro soon transforms into the ‘Moulin Rouge’. It’s true, not there are the splendid, smiling, wild dancers, who toddle to the tune of Jacques Offenbach’s famous ‘Can Can’.
“However, the ones driving the enthusiasm are other Frenchmen, the Rossoneri players. The first applause is all for an already splendid idol of the fans Milan supporters, Yacine Adli who some have already compared to Fernando Redondo.
“A magical evening for him, who scores his first goal in an AC Milan shirt. He wanted it, he believed in it, he deserved it, big old Rossoneri heart. His novel is beautiful, with a happy ending, worthy of Virginie Grimaldi’s latest writing, ‘Une belle vie’.
“To prevent Roma from drawing, the great protagonist stands out, Mike Maignan. Proud, proud, charismatic, superb, imperial.
“I am sure that Thierry Lentz, the French author of ‘Napoleon et la France’ will soon dedicate his next work to the Rossoneri goalkeeper. Maybe with the title ‘Maignan, une vie, une legend’.
“The 2-0 goal was scored by Olivier Giroud, who I would see as the co-star of Richard Berry’s very hard noir ‘The Immortel’, together with Jean Reno.
“Because he is used to fighting in the terrible banlieues of the mid-field, moving his elbows, jumping against the defenders, courageous in the ‘exchanges of shots’ in the penalty area, without trembling, without retreating, without falling.
“The evening from ‘Ville Lumiere’ ends with the impetuous goal of Theo Hernandez, who, at the end of each match, could tell his adventures, narrating them in the book ‘A Tour of the Pitch in 80 Minutes’. Like Phileas Fogg, in Jules Verne’s novel.”
Pellegatti then moved on to talking about the winter transfer window which still has a couple of weeks to run and sees Milan as protagonists given they want a central defender.
“As Stefano Pioli confirmed, the priority is the central defender, even if Milan have found a fundamental Simon Kjaer, the leader they were missing, supported by a good Matteo Gabbia. I continue to consider Tanguy Nianzou, Sevilla’s French centre-back, as a possible candidate.
“However, I absolutely do not believe in the purchase of the grenade Alessandro Buongiorno, who is valued at around thirty million, which, according to some, would perhaps become twenty-two in the event of Colombo’s inclusion.
“There are two reasons. The first because I don’t know that such a high budget has been allocated for the January transfer window. The second because it doesn’t seem that Monza wants to deprive itself of Colombo nor that a concrete negotiation with Torino is being or has been born.
“Rather, if I were to give advice to the plenipotentiaries of the AC Milan transfer market, I would invite them to seriously consider the possibility of including, on a dry loan for six months, that Moise Kean, who always has less space in Juventus than an attacking Vlahovic.
“He is a player with characteristics that the other Rossoneri central strikers lack. He has good international experience.
“He is a great friend of Leao, which doesn’t hurt, but above all because, apart from the salary, or rather half the salary since we are in January, it COSTS NOTHING.
“Yes, some will object, but then we would lose him in June. It doesn’t matter, I would answer, because, until June, it would help us win in Italy and Europe!”