After several ownership issues and off-the-pitch hindrances over the last 11 years, AC Milan finally lifted the Serie A trophy on 22 May, making it the 19th league title for the club. And now, reinforcements are expected.
One of the main reasons behind Milan’s successful period in the last year or so has been credited with a financially prudent approach from the club’s current owners. While 40-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimović is the odd one out in terms of his undoubtedly high wages, there are a number of key players that are on smaller deals.
The club, which has faced several financial issues over the years, has clearly learned from past mistakes. Milan’s financial management off the pitch, alongside several savvy decisions on it, has resulted in a glorious moment for fans of one of the biggest clubs in Italy.
With football now turning its attention towards a somewhat special 2022/23 season (due to the winter World Cup), many major clubs will be working behind the scenes in an attempt to make additional progress next campaign. For Milan, the same most definitely applies despite a memorable domestic campaign.
While fans will be making the most of bookie sign up offers as they attempt to make their World Cup and pre-season predictions, Milan’s Chief Executive Officer, Ivan Gazidis, and other members of the club’s hierarchy, will surely be assessing a number of transfer targets ahead of the new season. In fact, for the Rossoneri to further close the gap on some of Europe’s elite clubs, progression is a necessity.
Time to invest in further success
While Milan’s aforementioned financial prudence is admirable and has ultimately led to the stabilisation of the club, there is an evident need to invest in the squad if they’re to kick on further and go up a level or two. Money is rife in the game after all and tends to lead to success, with the likes of Manchester City spending a staggering €1.7 billion in player transfers in the last ten years.
While Milan will undoubtedly struggle to match the type of spending that is occurring in the Premier League, the club can still add the required quality to build on what has been a season full of progression. The management should, of course, not put the club’s future in doubt with a string of unaffordable marquee signings on ludicrous wages, but a clever business approach could result in some shrewd signings coming through the door. After all, the team does need strengthening, especially as it is officially one of the youngest squads in Italy.
Attacking reinforcements must be a priority
One of the main factors behind Milan’s title-winning campaign was down to a solid defence that conceded the least number of goals this season, alongside Napoli. The reliable foundation at the back allowed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Olivier Giroud to focus on scoring the all-important goals at the other end of the pitch.
While both the Swede and the Frenchman contributed to that area, with the help of Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leão also, more goals are needed in the team, especially given the ages of both strikers. Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces eight months out after knee surgery, too. As such, attacking reinforcements are a must.
Reported targets for Milan
Somewhat unsurprisingly given the time of the year, transfer rumours are rife once again. Milan are already linked with a number of talented attackers, including Club Brugge pair Charles De Ketelaere and Noa Lang, Lille’s Renato Sanches, Sassuolo’s flying winger Domenico Berardi, and Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo. In other words, a lot could happen.