AC Milan have done quite a bit of business with Chelsea over the past few windows, and up to this point it has very much been to their benefit.
This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) recaps a story that began in January 2021 with Fikayo Tomori, continued with Olivier Giroud and then went two further this summer with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic.
Milan head coach Stefano Pioli managed to raise the value of all the former Blues players except Tiemoue Bakayoko, who it must be said had a very positive first spell at the club in 2018-19.
Tomori, Loftus-Cheek and Pulisic cost a total of €68m, excluding bonuses. Everyone immediately became important at Milan, rediscovering themselves after difficult periods in London.
Giroud in his last year at Chelsea played 31 games and scored 11 goals, but with a low playing time: 1,200 minutes in total (an average of 38 per match).
He played 119 games with 39 goals in three and a half seasons at Chelsea, whereas at Milan in two years and a couple of months, he has already hit 90 matches (73 as a starter), with 36 goals for an average of 69 minutes per match.
The paper writes how these players have gone from Chelsea ‘rejects’ to being leaders of the new Milan. Tomori is the pillar of the defence, Giroud is the totem of the attack, while Loftus-Cheek with his size and Pulisic with his quality have helped the switch to a 4-3-3.