Despite Silvio Berlusconi finally coming to grips that change is needed at the ownership level by selling the club, it was once again a summer to forget for A.C. Milan.
Milan supporters were left disappointed once again following the summer transfer window’s closing this past week.
Below are the following transfers, in and out, for A.C. Milan this summer.
-Leonel Vangioni (from River Plate- €0m)
-Gianluca Lapadula (from Pescara- €9m)
-Gustavo Gómez (from Atletico Lanus- €8.5m)
-José Sosa (from Besiktas- €7.5m)
-Mario Pašalić (loan from Chelsea FC)
-Matias Fernandez (loan w/ option to buy from Fiorentina)
-Stephan El Shaarawy (option exercised by Roma at €13m)
-Simone Verdi (Bologna- €1.5m)
-Kevin Prince-Boateng (expired contract, signed with Las Palmas)
-Alessandro Matri (Sassuolo- €0m)
-Jeremy Menez (Bordeaux- €0m)
-Alex (expired contract)
-Philippe Mexes (expired contract)
-Hachim Mastour (loan to PEC Zwolle)
-Jose Mauri (dry-loan to Empoli)
-Christian Abbiati (retired)
-Matteo Pessina (loan to Como)
-Michael Agazzi (undisclosed to Cesena)
-Diego Lopez (loan to Espanyol)
-Jherson Vergara (loan to Arsenal Tula)
Once again, expectations were high for the Rossoneri heading into the frenzy that is the summer mercato. The club’s attention was directed towards acquiring youth in multiple areas with the intent to build for the present and future by a veteran supporting cast.
After swooping in to beat Napoli and Juventus to Serie B star Gianluca Lapadula, former Dinamo Zagreb starlet Marko Pjaca topped the shopping list, especially after shining on one of the biggest stages, the European Championships. Of course, Milan were eventually beaten to the Croatian signature by mercato “bully” Juventus, who had their way the entire summer.
In addition to the failed coup of Pjaca was the approach for Villarreal central-defender Mateo Musacchio which ended in disappointing fashion. Active — not for long — CEO Adriano Galliani had numerous visits with the Yellow Submarine and Musacchio’s agent in order to find an agreement, but the prolonged sale of the club and lack of available funds led to a collapse in the push for the Argentine. Instead, it was the quick move for young Paraguayan Gustavo Gomez that would fill the void in the defense alongside star U-21 Italian Alessio Romagnoli.
During the final weeks of the summer window, Vincenzo Montella was given José Sosa, Matias Fernandez and Mario Pasalic to help aid a woeful Milan midfield.
While the Rossoneri did very little to improve the squad for a shot at Europe this season, the club’s future finally has understanding, which does hold weight. The closing of the major financial transaction should come months before the January transfer window opens for business. Whether Montella, the new directors and chief executive officer will have large sums of money accessible remains to be seen despite the preliminary agreement indicating a €100m chest will be granted.
The club sacked interim manager Cristian Brocchi and replaced him with Azzurri coaching candidate Vincenzo Montella, which gives an identity on the bench and pitch hopefully for the foreseeable future. However, the former Fiorentina boss surely wished he had been given more quality signings this summer to help compete with Napoli, Roma, Juventus and rivals Inter who all improved to different degrees.
Given the new acquisitions, it’s unclear what to expect from the Milanese club this season. They managed to fend off Premier League interest for Carlos Bacca and Alessio Romagnoli, but it’s difficult to say they have made steps forward to their goal of European qualification. Plus, receiving nil in return for Alessandro Matri and the club’s leading scorer from two seasons ago — Jeremy Menez — is highly unacceptable given the circumstances the club was in financially.
The sale of the club and a quality appointment of Montella are simply not enough to rescue Milan’s evaluation for their miserable summer showing.