After six tough years without a trophy, Milan needed to spend the money given to them following their Chinese takeover and they did just that. Rossoneri shelled out over €180m this summer but was their summer transfer window as good as it sounds?
Unlike many clubs, the 18 time Italian champions did their business early. Very early. On the 30th of May, the Screwdrivers acquired Argentine centre back, Mateo Musacchio. The Villarreal player of 9 years will prove to be a vital signing for Milan, doubling as an old fashioned centre back and a modern day ball playing centre back. A solid signing to start off the window, however, there was still a lot of work to be done.
For years, Milan had been very weak in the centre of midfield but on the 2nd of June they reinforced in the middle of the park with Ivorian, Franck Kessie. As a Milanista, this will be the most vital acquisition for the club. The midfielders’ strength and dominance will prove priceless this season.
One thing that had needed to be addressed at the San Siro for years was the two full back positions. In recent times, Milan’s best wing backs had been Mattia de Sciglio and Ignazio Abate. This would be OK for a mid table side, however, Milan needed to move on to bigger things. As a result, Rossoneri bought Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg and Andrea Conti from Atalanta. Quality going forward and defensively in these positions will be key this season for the 7 time European champions.
Milan also were in need of a striker this summer. They got two. Both of them solid additions. The first of the pair was André Silva. Dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo by the man himself, Silva scored 20 goals at Porto last year and, at the age of just 21, this was an addition for this season and one for the future. The other centre forward who arrived in Lombardy over the summer was a more experience option in the form of Croatian, Nikola Kalinic. The former Blackburn player netted 20 times last season and offers more off the ball than Carlos Bacca, who was loaned out to Villarreal. With Suso and Jack Bonaventura, Milan shouldn’t be in any trouble going forward next campaign.
Two not so significant signings were made when Milan brought Fabio Borini to the San Siro on loan and when Antonio Donnarumma joined. The latter joined after Rossoneri renewed Gigio Donnarumma’s contract was renewed, Antonio’s younger brother. These two signings aren’t glamorous ones, however, come May, they could prove vital in terms of depth.
Hakan Calhanoglu was brought in on the 3rd of July. The Turk will offer a more creative mind to the starting eleven and, with Champions League experience, will be one of the most important signings for Milan.
Another misfielder who joined AC Milan was former Lazio captain Lucas Biglia. The 31 year old is definitely a mutually beneficial signing with the Argentine offering leadership amd experience from the heart of midfield.
The best signing of the window has to be Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus. The experienced Italian is a world class centre back and he will be captain for Milan from now on. With Bonucci you know what you are getting and for just £40m, in today’s market, this signing is a bargain.
The only negative for Milan this window for me would be that no left winger was signed. With an injury prone left winger in Bonaventura, that area of the field could’ve been improved.
However, as a Milan fan, I can’t complain about the business we’ve done this summer and for that raeson I would rate our window 9/10.
Now la Rossoneri have to perform well to get back into the Champions League this season.