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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.