AC Milan Transfers: Reviewing AC Milan's Summer Transfer Business

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentAugust 28, 2012

AC Milan Transfers: Reviewing AC Milan's Summer Transfer Business

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    Here's a look at AC Milan’s summer transfer business so far.

    The article will go through Milan’s notable departures, their rumoured transfer additions and the significant summer signings they’ve made so far—the keyword being significant.

    Transfer ratings will be given to Cristián Zapata, Sulley Muntari, Riccardo Montolivo, Francesco Acerbi and Giampaolo Pazzini.

    The rating is based on economic efficiency, the affect the signing would have on Milan and whether it's a good signing in general.

Notable Departures

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    Sold Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain €42 million

    What seems to have happened during the negotiation process was Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaïfi handed Adriano Galliani a blank cheque, inhaled deeply and awaited the Italian’s response.

    Selling Silva has left a gaping hole in Massimiliano Allegri’s defence. It’s no surprise that the club conceded five against Real Madrid, three against Juventus and one against recently promoted Sampdoria.


    Sold Zlatan Ibrahimović to Paris Saint-Germain for €23 million

    Ibrahimović was sensational last season, so Milan should have held out for at least €40 million—that’s the only problem you should have with the transfer.

    Look at the bigger picture, selling Ibrahimović lightens the Rossoneri’s payroll because the club aims to be more financially stable.

    There was life after Gunnar Nordahl and there will be life after Ibrahimović.

    Don’t fret about the opening loss to Sampdoria. Yes, Stephan El Shaarawy was terrible, but give him more time. If he plays another 17 games like the one against the Blucerchiati, then Milan will have a problem.


    Sold Antonio Cassano to Inter Milan for Giampaolo Pazzini + €7 million

    Once a cassanata, always a cassanata. The word fedeltà does not exist in Cassano’s vocabulary. Great player but devoid of any class.


    Released Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Gennaro Gattuso, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mark van Bommel and Massimo Oddo; no permanent deal reached for loanees Alberto Aquilani and Maxi López

    Nesta is one of the best centre-backs in recent memory; currently with the Montreal Impact in the MLS. 

    Typical Seedorf to seek a new challenge by playing for Botafogo in the Brasileirão.

    Inzaghi retired to become a coach at the Milan youth academy.

    Gattuso would have made a fairytale return to Rangers, if they weren’t in such economic strife. After flirting with the idea of being a Galatasaray player, Rino signed with Sion—the Swiss club are also trying to sign Alessandro Del Piero.

    Zambrotta was an elite full-back; currently a free agent.

    Van Bommel returned to PSV Eindhoven, where he made a name as an attacking midfielder. Believe it or not, before the agricultural tackling, he was scoring goals like Frank Lampard.

    Oddo, who was more consistent at taking penalties than defending, retired with a FIFA World Cup medal and teams like AC Milan, Lazio and Bayern Munich on his football CV.

    Milan replaced Aquilani with the Bosman signing of Riccardo Montolivo. Liverpool promptly sold Aquilani to Fiorentina.

    López gave it his all for Milan and would’ve been a handy squad player however management decided not to sign him. Catania loaned the Argentine to Sampdoria and he came on as a sub against Milan.

AC Milan Transfer Rumours

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    Bojan Krkić: Proposed signing from Roma (ESPN FC)

    Can you believe it’s been five years since Bojan burst onto the scene? He’s a classic early bloomer because he hasn’t developed a whole lot since becoming relevant. That being said, he’s a nifty forward with wonderful balance.


    Kaká: Proposed loan from Real Madrid (Football Italia)

    Adriano Galliani confirmed that Milan won’t sign Kaká. This move made no sense since the get-go. Why would Real loan out Kaká? They want to sell him and if they don’t, he’ll remain an invaluable squad player. He hasn’t lived up to his transfer fee but he’s been a good contributor to the team.

    What a shameless publicity stunt from Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi.


    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa: Proposed signing from Montpellier (ESPN FC)

    Solid centre-back who has the capability of becoming an elite defender. He’d slot straight into Milan’s starting XI. Milan management have pulled the plug on the deal because they can sign him on a Bosman next season.


    M'Baye Niang: Proposed signing from Caen (The Independent)

    If Milan nurtured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang correctly, they would have an elite forward, instead they’ve allowed Saint-Étienne to reap the benefits of Aubameyang’s immense talent. Will Niang be the same?

    The teenager is reportedly set to take a medical today.

Cristián Zapata

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    Signed from Villarreal on loan; Rating: 6.5/10

    He was rock-solid in his last season for Udinese but he forgot how to defend at Villarreal. It’s only a loan deal, so minimal risk for Milan.

    He looked like the Zapata of Udinese against Juventus.

    Perhaps, try him in a partnership with compatriot Mario Yepes, who turned back the years with a dominant performance against Sampdoria.

Sulley Muntari

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    Signed from Inter Milan for free; Rating: 6/10

    When he’s focused, he bosses the midfield. When he doesn’t concentrate, he’s a liability on the field.

    Evidently, he’s also a danger to himself having injured himself whilst on holidays.

    His misfortune will give Kévin Constant an opening to the first team.

Riccardo Montolivo

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    Signed from Fiorentina for free; Rating: 10/10

    Riccardo Montolivo is firm in the tackle, he’s a world-class passer and arguably the signing of the summer in terms of economic efficiency.

    In the 1-0 loss to Sampdoria, Montolivo was burdened with anchoring the midfield, something that was forced upon him because Mathieu Flamini loafed around the pitch and Antonio Nocerino was nonexistent.

    Consequently, Montolivo looked quite lacklustre but he still played better than Flamini and Nocerino.

Francesco Acerbi

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    Signed from Chievo on a €4 million co-ownership deal with Genoa; Rating: 7/10

    When Francesco Acerbi did play for Chievo, he showed a voracious appetite for intercepting the ball and putting in hard tackles.

    Clearly, he hasn’t been taking preseason seriously because he was beyond dreadful. His positional awareness was awry, he looked clumsy and he was sluggish.

    That being said, he was excellent last season and maybe as the season progresses, he’ll get into the groove.

    Just to comment on Kévin Constant, who was part of the deal; great attitude, athletic midfielder, good role player.

Giampaolo Pazzini

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    Signed from Inter Milan for Antonio Cassano + €7 million; Rating: 3/10

    Giampaolo Pazzini looked disinterested, meek and didn’t pose a threat for Inter last season. The only decent thing he did all season was convert a last-ditch penalty against Marseille, which still didn’t help the club qualify into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

    Just to summarise: Inter get a better player in Cassano plus €7 million—what stupid negotiating from Milan.  


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