AC Milan Transfer Talk: Milan There Is No Benefit to Selling Silva, Ibrahimovic

Tim Fontenault@Tim_FontenaultCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2012

Would selling their two prized possessions really benefit Milan?
Would selling their two prized possessions really benefit Milan?Claudio Villa/Getty Images

What are AC Milan thinking?

According to multiple reports, the Italian giants are ready to offload its two stars, center back Thiago Silva and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for a total of 65 million euros to Paris Saint-Germain.

The French runners-up very recently had an offer for Silva alone lined up at 50 million euros, which would have shattered the world record for a defender, but Milan president Silvio Berlusconi stepped in at the 11th hour to prevent the move.

With the move now agreed upon by the two clubs, it appears that Berlusconi may be one of only three men that can stop the deal, along with Silva and Ibrahimovic themselves.

According to the reports, Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has flown to Sweden to discuss the move and PSG's current project with his client.

PSG are looking to spend a lot of money on big names and have already brought Ezequiel Lavezzi into their ranks this summer. They are aiming to make themselves a big-market team with their newly found money and to compete on the European level.

There's still some hope for Milan fans that the move could fall through like the last one, but this seems more likely to become a reality.

The question is, what exactly are Milan planning to do with that 65 million? Many names have come up in recent rumors, including Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Dede, Mattia Destro, Lassana Diarra, Kaka and Aleksandar Kolarov.

Are any of these players really necessary? Constantly it has been said that Milan's biggest weakness is at left back. This may be true, but now, Milan has a young star in Didac Vila who could come in and prove to be a top player. Kolarov is a great player, but he isn't exactly a necessity.

Milan could use some help at attacking midfield, where there are rumors that Kaka wants Real Madrid to cut his price and that he would take a 40 percent wage cut to return to Milan. Milan could deploy Antonio Cassano or Stephan El Shaarawy in that role, but having Kaka would be a huge boost to the team and the fans.

Kaka's current price is 35 million euros, but it could fall to below 30 in order to get a deal done. If Milan can sell Robinho, they will be able to collect a large amount of that nearly 30 million. With the apparent sale of Djamel Mesbah and potentially Taye Taiwo if there is a suitor, Milan could have about enough money to bring in Kaka.

Lassana Diarra is a player Milan have targeted for a while, but with a potential line of Riccardo Montolivo, Antonio Nocerino and Kevin-Prince Boateng in the midfield with Kevin Constant, Mathieu Flamini and eventually Sulley Muntari when he returns, he isn't a necessity.

The sale of Ibrahimovic and Silva would certainly provide a lot of funds for the club, but does Milan really need them? There's no way that selling their two stars is justifiable just to balance the books and to bring in a left back or central midfielder, or even a forward of lesser quality than Ibrahimovic.

It simply makes no sense.

From a logistical point for the two players involved, it makes no sense either. Silva is playing incredibly at a top club that can realistically compete for the Champions League and he will in the not so distant future be captain of that club. He also just added an extra year to his contract, keeping him at Milan until 2017. Ibrahimovic's agent has said on more than one occasion that Ibrahimovic wants to retire after his Milan contract ends in 2015. He has never won the Champions League and surely has a better chance of doing it in Italy than in France.

For everyone involved on the Milan side: the club, Ibrahimovic and Silva, the move makes absolutely no sense. Milan can't benefit from the sale as they will bring in unnecessary players of a lesser quality than their two biggest stars and the two players will find playing in a lower-quality league on a regular basis to be less thrilling than life in Serie A.