Pioli underlines Milan’s mercato is a matter of ‘names and not numbers’

By Isak Möller -

Compared to their league rivals, AC Milan haven’t invested that much this summer and this has been questioned by some. However, Stefano Pioli has once again highlighted that the Rossoneri make targeted investments. 

Since Elliott Management took over Milan, they have made very few big investments and that mentality was strengthened by the Piatek and Paqueta flops. After they paid €35m for De Ketelaere this summer, therefore, it was always going to be the current case.

Milan don’t have a huge remaining budget and this is something that was brought up during Stefano Pioli’s presser today, ahead of the clash against Bologna tomorrow. The manager made it clear that they make targeted investments.

“A defender or a midfielder? It is a matter of names and not numbers. If there is the possibility of bringing in players to improve the squad, the club is ready to do so,” he stated.

No matter how you put it, though, the fact is that the Rossoneri don’t have loads of money to spend in the final days of the mercato. However, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara will do their best with what they have.

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  1. Man for man we haven’t lost much. It’s basically the same team, minus Kessie and Romag..replaced with Adli, Pobega and CDK. So lost one CB, Lost a defensive mid for a defensive mid, a more offensive mid and an attacker. And the rest are the same pretty much. Oh and Origi as lost backup striker 🤷‍♂️

    Juve lost: Chillieni, De Ligt, Dybala, Ramsey, Morata, berna, Demiral, and they might lose Rabiot
    But got: injured Pogba, injured Di Maria, Bremer, Kostic, Cambiasso, Milik, I’ll include Rovella because I think he’s decent with potential,

    To me it’s about the same but leaning towards they lost more than gained.

  2. Are you serious?
    Milan lost Kessie, who might be the best at the position he plays in all Europe. Pobega can’t carry Kessie jockstrap let alone replace him in the line up.
    Adli can’t even get on the field.
    Milan has more offensive talent this season but defensively will be worse in quantity and quality. Neither Kessie nor Romagnoli have been replaced yet.
    And why are you comparing Milan with Juventus, are you expecting Milan to fight for 2nd,3rd & 4th place? Milan’s main rival is inter for the scudetto. Not Juventus , certainly not roma, maybe Napoli can contend for about 25 games but hey always falter towards the end of the season

    1. I’m saying quantity-wise we’re pretty much the same…not necessarily quality-wise. I agree Kessie hasn’t been properly replaced and we will feel his absence heavily, I’ve been saying this and I’m under no illusions. Pretty much agree with everything else. I only did the Juve comparison because of media hype but I can also do Inter. Didn’t want to give a long read.

      Inter lost: depth mainly in Vidal, Vecino, Sanchez. Minor depth in Kolarov, Ranoc, Sensei but I don’t really rate these.
      And lost a main player in Perisic and promising youth in Casedi.
      But got Lukaku, aslani, bellanova, Correa, Mikhi, Onana
      Might lose Skriniar

      If they lose Skriniar then I’d say about even but if they keep him I’d say they have improved the most along with Roma. But more players doesn’t mean improvement.

      And yes I think Milan is battling for Top 4 with hopes that they can fight for the title again but I think Kessie’s loss is too great. I hope we finish top 4.

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