AC Milan Transfer Rumors: 5 Players the Rossoneri Should Avoid Signing

Sumeet Paul@italiafootyContributor IJanuary 8, 2013

AC Milan Transfer Rumors: 5 Players the Rossoneri Should Avoid Signing

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    With the January transfer window open for business, Serie A giants AC Milan will look to rescue a disappointing first half of the season as they fight to secure a place in the Champions League.

    The Rossoneri are currently in seventh place in the league, seven points adrift of a top-three finish. Having struggled following the departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in the summer, club owner Silvio Berlusconi recently admitted it would be two to three years before the club would be protagonists again.

    Following the exit of Alexandre Pato, new arrivals are inevitable, but who should Milan avoid signing this month?

Didier Drogba

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    Despite the undoubted ability and presence Drogba has at his disposal, Milan have made a conscious effort to begin concentrating on youth. Signing the 34-year-old would be a huge boost amongst the players and fans alike, but despite being out of keeping with Milan's new transfer strategy, his agent has confirmed their interest (via The Guardian).

Maarten Stekelenburg

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    The Dutchman has struggled since his move to Roma, particularly this season, and has now fallen to second choice at the capital club. With the years catching up on Christian Abbiati, Milan are rumoured to have set their sights on the former Ajax stopper to replace him (per Football Italia).

    However, considering his form over the last 12 months, it is a gamble in what is a vital position.

Wesley Sneijder

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    Few can deny Sneijder's talent, with the midfielder having won the treble with Inter back in 2010.

    However, he has been frozen out of the first team this season in the midst of contract negotiations. Settled in the city with his family, Milan have reportedly made enquiries (per Gazzetto dello Sport), but with his injury problems and high wage demands, it would make little sense considering the cuts made in the summer.

Josip Ilicic

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    The Slovenian international has become an integral part of the set-up at Palermo, with his vision and passing ability catching the eye of many top clubs. His creativity is unquestionable; however, does he really possess the potential to lead a club the size of Milan as suggested by Gazzetta dello Sport?

    There are arguably brighter talents out there. 

Mario Balotelli

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    While 'Super Mario' would be more than a welcome addition, the Rossoneri must first address their defensive frailties.

    Balotelli has long been touted with a move to the club he supported as a youngster, so perhaps a summer move would better suit all parties.

    However, Gazzetta dello Sport reports Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has not been afraid to share his opinion on Balotelli recently, describing him as a "rotten apple."