The breakdown on the Rossoneri’s newest signing, 31 year-old Argentine midfielder Jose Sosa from Beskitas.
The Fee & Contract:
Jose Sosa was purchased from Beskitas for 7.5 Million Euros, and he signed a 2-year contract until June, 2018 today at Casa Milan.
Jose Sosa completed his medical and signed his contract at Casa Milan today, here are some of his first quotes as a Milan player, from Mediaset Italia. ” I’m very happy, I hope to play, now I have to train. My role? I’ll have to talk to coach Montella. I want to bring my experience, being here is a dream but also a responsibility. I’ve come here to give my all. I chose Number 23 for my shirt because it represents a great sportsman like Michael Jordan, it’s an incentive to always improve my profession and do better.”
His agent also stated that the negotiations were very long but was unlocked in 24 hours, but Milan was Jose’s dream as they are one of the biggest clubs in the world. He then went on to say they received a few calls from other Italian teams, but when Milan called he knew this was an important step for him at age 31. Sosa’s agent then reassured Milanisti that Jose has gained a lot of experience and can give alot to this Milan side. He then ended saying that Sosa could play on Sunday against Torino, but he hasn’t been training since Monday in Turkey.
Past Clubs and Career:
Sosa has been all around Europe and of course South America. Notably, he had spells in Germany with Bayern Munich, Italy with Mazzari’s Napoli, Spain with Atletico Madrid and of course in Turkey with Beskitas, where he has excelled the past few seasons, as he won the best “foreign player” in the Turkish league last season.
Many Milanisti and football fans in general like to compare players with their previous statistics and how they faired in the domestic competition. Even though the Turkish League is not one of the top leagues in Europe, Sosa did exceptionally well last season. He scored 7 goals and added 12 assists in league play, while scoring 1 and assisting 1 in Europa League as well. For a midfielder, these stats are pretty incredible. He also scored 3 of those goals from free-kicks, one in an all important derby with Galatasaray. Last season, out of Montolivo, Poli and Bertolacci there was 1 goal scored between them, something that will change as Sosa can score and provide our strikers with scoring chances.
“Pepe” Sosa is known to being very versatile in the midfield. Many have stated he is a very complete player, such as current Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone. I spoke with a few Beskitas fans and they told me Sosa played in the middle behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Montella looks to deploy mostly a 4-3-3 with the odd 4-3-1-2 as Bacca-Niang could be the striker partnership. In the 4-3-3, Sosa would probably prefer playing as the trequartista in that formation, but can also play on the left or right side in that midfield. In the 4-3-1-2, that would be Pepe’s dream role. Right behind the strikers is where he will work best, but again his versatility makes him a valuable asset to our starting 11.
Good or Bad Signing? My Opinion:
Over the past few days, I have totally supported this Jose Sosa transfer. I have talked to many Milanisti who do not agree, as they believe this deal is a waste as Sosa is “too old” and “doesn’t help us in the future.” Today he signed a 2-year contract, which really does not affect our future whatsoever. Our goal is to get in Europe first, then use the money coming in from the Chinese to build our squad further. Sosa is a definite improvement for our midfield this season, thats what Milanisti need to understand. I’m seeing way too many negative opinions on a player that hasn’t even arrived at Milanello yet. I can say from speaking with a few Beskitas fans that Sosa is a quality player that can provide a spark offensively. He provided the most assists in the Turkish league and helped Mario Gomez score all the goals he did last season, and I think he can do exactly the same with Bacca (who needs service) Niang and Suso. My final thoughts on this signing is we DO improve our midfield with this signing, as this can now move Montolivo or Bertolacci to the bench. Galliani however isn’t done yet, as all the media outlets are saying that Milan are looking for a 2nd midfielder this mercato.