It’s a tough time to be a fan of the Rossoneri, with a season of consolidation perhaps the very best that can be hoped for after recent upheaval.
Having been excluded from the Europa League for Financial Fair Play breaches, Marco Giampaolo’s job always looked tough. Attracting good players to a club starved of European football was a big ask, but the former Sampdoria man lasted only 111 days before getting the sack.
He’d taken over from the popular Gennaro Gattuso, who 90min report as having walked away from €11m in wages, helping to ensure staff that left with him got paid. Whilst it was a big gesture, it signalled the situation in which the seven-time European Champions had got into.
With mid-table mediocrity currently threatening to engulf the side, new manager Stefano Pioli will be hoping to strengthen this summer. Bwin Football News reports how Pioli struggled in his opening fixtures at Milan, winning just once through Suso’s goal at home against SPAL. If he’s going to turn their fortunes around, he’ll need some new faces.
Here are three players that could add serious value to the Milan squad this January…
Despite reports suggesting a move for Zlatan Ibrahimović was imminent, it seems the Swede has plenty of other offers to consider. That might leave Milan out in the cold as they hunt for a robust target man to add steel to their attack.
If they do miss out on Zlatan, Giroud could be the perfect man to bring in. The 33-year-old has been a peripheral figure for Frank Lampard at Chelsea but would bring the qualities Milan need at a relatively low cost.
He’s a player that others can run off, plus he bagged 13 for the Europa League winners last season, proving he still has an eye for goal.
There was once a time when the stars of world football flocked to the San Siro, but the big names are no longer linked with Milan. That’s why rumours of interest in Ivan Rakitic could be of serious interest.
Calciomercato believe he has a verbal agreement with Inter, but if Pioli could swoop in ahead of their city rivals it could have a galvanising effect on the squad. They’d be get on over on their enemy to sign a player who is a real coup in world football.
But it would be a signing more about rebuilding reputation than anything else.
As well as hunting older players, Milan really need a new young star to emerge, prompting huge bids from other clubs and possibly addressing some of their money issues.
One player they are rumoured to be interested in is Lille’s Turkish defender Zeki Çelik. Capturing him would be a triumph for Pioli; he’s one of the hottest properties in European football and at just 22-years-old he’s got potential to earn them bigger sums of money further down the line.