Ranking AC Milan's Top Players Returning from Loans
Today is June 30, meaning that all expiring loans and contracts around football expire today. On July 1, loaned players will return to their old clubs.
AC Milan have 27 players out on loans that end with the change of the month.
Some of these players will be sold permanently to new clubs while others will come back just to be loaned again and some will return with a chance of breaking into the first team.
There are several players who will return from loan that have long been talked about by Milan fans as potential future stars of the club.
While Milan doesn't tend to rely on their own young guns anymore, here are five players that stand above the rest and could impact the first team someday soon.
5. Marco Fossati, Midfielder
Loaned to: Latina (Italy)
Fossati scored two goals in 17 matches during the 2011-12 season playing for third division side Latina.
Despite Latina's 16th-place finish, Fossati did well on a team consisting of mostly loaned players.
The 19-year-old will likely continue to get loaned out, but if he can continue to play well and impress the clubs he plays for, he could eventually see some time at Milan or the club could cash in on him.
4. Luca Ghiringhelli, Defender
Loaned to: SPAL (Italy)
The 20-year-old made 28 appearances for fourth division side SPAL during the past season.
The Italian showed a lot of promise and could get the opportunity to show his worth during the preseason this year.
If that opportunity comes, he could very well remain at Milan with the Primavera squad and eventually see some first team time the way Mattia de Sciglio has.
3. Nnamdi Oduamadi, Winger
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Loaned to: Torino (Italy)
Odu has long been one of Milan's top prospects.
In 2011, Torino took him on loan with the option for a co-ownership. He played 11 times and scored three goals during Torino's Serie B-winning season.
With Torino back in Serie A, they may take up that option for the Nigerian.
He could see even more time with Torino this season and get the chance to show just what the world has been waiting to see out of the 21-year-old player.
Oduamadi has been earning the attention of the Nigerian national team and is expected to be available for World Cup Qualifying later this summer once he recovers from a muscle strain.
2. Alberto Paloschi, Forward
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Loaned to: Chievo Verona (Italy)
Paloschi is the most recognized player on this list because of his success in Serie A away from Milan.
The 22-year-old gained instant fame in 2008, when he made his Serie A debut on February 10 against Siena, replacing Milan star Serginho.
Eighteen seconds into his first appearance, he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory. The goal remains the fastest goal ever scored in a debut.
That year, he left Milan in a co-ownership with Parma.
After 57 games and 16 goals, the Parma half of his co-ownership was transferred in 2011 for Genoa. After 12 matches and two goals, he returned permanently to Milan, who loaned him to Chievo for this past season.
Paloschi appeared in 32 matches, scoring five times. He could find his way into the Milan mix very soon.
The club want to sell Robinho and get Mattia Destro from Siena, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic nearing the end of his career and Antonio Cassano not getting younger, Paloschi may have an opportunity.
1. Didac Vila, Left Back
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Of all the loaned players at Milan, Didac Vila is the most ready to step into the first team and absolutely should get his opportunity this season.
The 23-year-old was a big part of Spain's victory at the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 2012 and after his performance at the competition, Milan loaned him to the Spanish club they acquired him from in January 2011, Espanyol.
Vila played in all but one league game for Espanyol this season, scoring twice and really turning heads despite the club's 14th-place finish.
Spain qualified for the Olympics and it's likely he could be in London with them.
However, when he returns, he should jump right in as the starting left back for Milan. It has been a weak spot for the club that needs to be patched.
This is why they brought Vila in. Time to unleash him.