The time factor was decisive for Milan during the summer transfer window. Arrive at the right place and close the deals without wasting time, that was the philosophy of Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara.
As highlighted by Calciomercato.com’s Fabrizio Romano, the dup secured Jens Petter Hauge just 24 hours after seeing him shine at San Siro with Bodo/Glimt. Old-school Milan almost, signing the players that do well against them.
They didn’t have to see Sandro Tonali – already an established talent in Italy – but when the Rossoneri sensed that Inter stopped, they closed the deal in a short period of time. Enter the scene and reach the finish line immediately, in other words.
This is the way that Milan will operate in the next two transfer windows as well. Of course, the players are followed well in advance and nothing is left to improvisation, but the basic idea is to negotiate when the feeling is that a deal can be closed.
That way, you avoid long and exhausting negotiations that might come to nothing in the end. Furthermore, you also know when the player in question is keen on joining the club, which was the determining factor for Tonali.
Hauge didn’t think twice about it either despite not lacking suitors in Europe. Milan will use this strategy in January as well, they have already spotted at least one operation to that fits for it, provided that the price is right.