5 January Transfer Moves AC Milan Should Make

James RiggioContributor IDecember 22, 2012

5 January Transfer Moves AC Milan Should Make

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    AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani's work in the transfer market in recent years has been genius.

    Over the past decade, he has sold top players such as Andriy Shevchenko, Kaka and most recently Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for huge sums.

    Many thought AC Milan would take a major hit after all of these departures.

    However, the Rossoneri are still one of Europe's top clubs and have begun to play well as of late.

    In addition, Galliani could make some more swaps in the upcoming January transfer window. 

    If he can pull off the following moves, he might win back some of the fans he lost this summer. 

Sell Robinho to Santos

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    Multiple reports (including one from goal.comRobinho wants to go back to Santos. If Santos is willing to give AC Milan some money, there is no reason why the Rossoneri shouldn't let him go. Robinho will be 29 in January and his value will never be higher.

    In fact, the Brazilian will almost certainly leave. The only question is whether or not Milan will get enough out of the deal to re-invest the money.

    A perfect scenario would be to take the money received from Robinho's sale and buy Corinthians midfielder Paulinho, a transfer target for many top European clubs including rival Inter Milan

Make Move for Davide Santon

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    Even though Santon says he is happy at Newcastle, he would not say no to a move to AC Milan, the club he grew up a fan of.

    AC Milan could offer Newcastle a pair of left backs to replace Santon in Spaniard Didac Vila and Algerian Djamel Mesbah. 

    Vila has not played this season due to injury but is expected back soon. He had an excellent season last year on loan with Espanyol and almost moved to Valencia in the summer. 

    Mesbah is an underrated left back who could provide depth. 

    Santon would give AC Milan a left back it could count on for years. 

Go Get Giuseppe Rossi

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    Currently injured, the American-born Italian would like to return to Italy.

    AC Milan was his favorite club growing up and there is no better time than now for him to join the Rossoneri. 

    With Antonio Cassano out of the picture and Robinho and Pato possibly out the door as well, Rossi would fit in well with the club. 

    Rossi's transfer value has dropped tremendously, as he has not played in more than a year. 

    Meanwhile Villareal has dropped into Spain's second division and would probably welcome some help to get back into La Liga.

    An offer of midfielders Rodney Strasser and Bakaye Traore along with 5 million euros might be able to get Rossi, who will turn 26 in February. 

Take Advantage of Zeman's Stupidity

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    AS Roma coach Zdenek Zeman is not on the greatest of terms with vice-captain Daniele De Rossi, a player coveted by managers all over the planet. 

    Roma could have sold De Rossi for a ton of cash in the summer to a number of clubs, but he chose to play for the only club he has ever known.

    At 29, De Rossi still has many good years in him and may even be able to provide help as a centre-back, an area AC Milan would like to upgrade.

    Abate is an outstanding right-back who has only become available due to the emergence of young Mattia De Sciglio. Acerbi moved from Chievo in the summer and has the potential to do big things, though he has not as of yet. 

Sell Alexandre Pato

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    To be able to finance some of these deals, selling Alexandre Pato to Paris Saint-Germain makes sense.

    Pato has been hurt much of this season and a move to Paris would reunite him with former Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti. 

    PSG has the money to pay for Pato, who is stuck behind Stephan El Shaarawy as AC Milan's top second forward. 

    A move back to Brazil has also been suggested