AC Milan are among the most active clubs in Europe on the market, but question marks have been raised as to whether the team has actually been strengthened.
PianetaMilan takes stock of the current summer mercato starting with the departures of Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris Saint-Germain and Hakan Calhanoglu to Inter on free transfers. Both of these have not caused too much damage economically as the club has already spent €60m this summer – the most in Italy.
There are still targets that the club are after but the next signings will be ‘as cheap as possible’ such as Nikola Vlasic of CSKA Moscow for the No.10 role, midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea and perhaps opportunities late in the window like Hakim Ziyech from the Blues.
Every operation is thoroughly evaluated, which is why the negotiations for the return of Brahim Diaz took so long, as well as Sandro Tonali’s permanent signing and even Fikayo Tomori being bought out.
In terms of the business done so far, it could well be that only Tomori and Maignan are in the starting XI come the start of the Serie A season, with Tonali, Brahim Diaz, Ballo-Toure and Giroud expected to be deputies in their respective positions.
Sales may end up being vital to raise funds and therefore invest more in starting roles such as the attacking midfielder slot and the right wing too perhaps, but the market is far from over.