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Realistic Expectations For AC Milan’s Winter Mercato

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Realistic Expectations For AC Milan’s Winter Mercato

After a summer spending spree by new management Marco Fassone and Massimo Mirabelli, the January transfer market has now rolled around, however this time Milanisti aren’t in the same mood they were in back in August, as a rough and disappointing first half of the season is the root cause of that.

There’s no hiding that the Rossoneri need to improve in some areas in order to compete with the likes of Napoli, Juventus, Roma and even Inter and Lazio who have done well through 20 games of Serie A so far. Even though Milanisti want this team to splash some more cash this winter and bring in some talent to fill the holes Milan still have.

It may be a case of unrealistic expectations to think Mirabelli will bring in the talent now for Gattuso’s disposal that takes the team over the top. This piece here is written to explain that the expectations shouldn’t be high for the January mercato, as one to two cheaper signings may pay dividends for the Rossoneri come May.

Since it’s still early January, Milan haven’t been involved or linked to too many players, yet. However, there have been reports that they’re looking to offload a few players who have struggled to find any game time; the likes of Jose Mauri, Gabiel Paletta and Gustavo Gomez.

With Mirabelli attempting to dispose of salary and players before bringing someone in, everyone has to look at this mercato situation with an open mind and low expectations.

The big hole in Milan’s line-up is at left wing, even though Hakan Calhanoglu has picked up his play and is starting to look like his former self again in the role.

Even with Hakan there, there’s obviously a lack of depth in that department, even on the right flank where Suso is deployed as well. An easy answer to fill this hole would be the now Barcelona man, Gerard Deulofeu, who was fantastic on loan with the Rossoneri last season.

Not in Barcelona’s plans now with their signing of Coutinho, Deulofeu’s agent has admitted that his client is looking for an exit and playing time in this World Cup year. The price tag wouldn’t be high, as several clubs know the Catalan giants are looking to sell him, and the Rossoneri could use a player of his abilities permanently, as it’s lacked within the squad.

UDINE, ITALY – JANUARY 29: JGerard Deulofeu of AC Milan reacts during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and AC Milan at Stadio Friuli on January 29, 2017 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

Franck Kessié has played almost every game this season, mostly because there has been no suitable replacement for him to rotate with. Since the departure of Juraj Kucka in the summer, a young midfielder who can rotate with the Ivorian would be a nice addition to Gattuso’s squad. There are a few young, Serie A options that Milan could kick tires for; Udinese’s Jakub Jankto, who can play as a left and central midfielder, who would be perfect for the 4-3-3 formation Gattuso deploys. Also, Udinese’s Antonin Barak, another central midfielder has enjoyed a fantastic rookie season in Serie A and could be available at a decent price and would bolster the centre of the park, in addition to Jankto.

Realistically speaking, in the place that the Rossoneri are currently in, bringing a Deulofeu type of player or young, breakout stars in Serie A to San Siro has to be the plan for Mirabelli and Fassone as these type of players can play an integral part in this current Milan and help the team string points together.

To conclude, this winter won’t be too momentous for the Rossoneri, since nothing too influential can really be done at this moment in time. However, if Massimo Mirabelli is able to land a player like Deulofeu or Jankto, someone who can immediately help the squad fight back in Serie A and play a part in Coppa Italia and Europa League, that would be classified as a success and can benefit the team heavily down the stretch.

It’s a sticky situation, and the Milanese side will have to act accordingly in the mercato if they want to make the most of the rest of their season, but the fans should have realistic expectations this winter.



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