It has been clear this season that Milan still need to address several weaknesses before they can truly compete with the European giants in the Champions League.
Without further ado, let's take a gander at the five most glaring weaknesses the Rossoneri must pay attention to this summer to improve the squad drastically for next season.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri seems to have a fetish with changing a players position at the start of the season. Here are the most notable changes:
1. Urby Emanuelson—from left-back/left-wing to trequartista.
2. Kevin Constant—from left-winger to left back.
3. Kevin Prince Boateng—from midfielder to trequartista, to right-wing.
The botched Emanuelson experiment lasted only shortly, as the player is now on loan at Fulham. The other two still play a part in the regular starting XI, but both have had their problems this season.
The main weakness in the Milan formation has been the back line. What first started out as a revolving door of changes in the defense has now evened out.
Cristian Zapata and Philippe Mexes are the preferred two at the back. Each of them has their limitations, and a team with a serious project needs to look to younger defenders with more upside.
Expect the first summer signing to be a central defender, perhaps even Davide Astori from Cagliari (pictured above).
How far can Milan truly go with Max Allegri? If you take a look at his record against the top six teams in Europe, you'll see why many long-term Milan fans are very pessimistic about what the team can achieve under his guidance.
Is Allegri really responsible for developing the youth players, or was he just inserting any available player in the starting XI and got lucky?
A recent look at his bizarre inclusions of Kevin Constant over Mattia De Sciglio, dramatically mismanaging Stephan El Shaarawy shows you a different tale.
Let's not even get into last year's misjudgment of the Pato and Thiago Silva injuries, when they were rushed back on the field a month too soon and instantly re-aggravated their injury.
Apart from talisman Riccardo Montolivo, the rest of the midfielders have been average at best.
Lacking the necessary quality to play at the top level, the cast of metaphorical butchers in the center of the park are a reason for Milan's struggles. When Montolivo is out, there's no creativity. There's no one to give Stephan El Shaarawy or Mario Balotelli a quality through-ball into open space.
Hopefully, Bryan Cristante can add that element to the midfield as he will come up from the youth ranks to join the senior team next season.
The Milan marketing and social media team is a step ahead of most the ones found in Serie A. The league as a whole hasn't done the best job marketing itself to the world.
Anyway, the Rossoneri are trying to sell a package. They have one of the most marketable stars worldwide in Mario Balotelli, and their brand has always been one associated with class and history.
It's time for Milan to get back on the global dominance scale once again with recognizable stars and a team which produces both domestically and in Europe.