Despite requiring a dramatic late show to secure their place in the Champions League for next season, Milan have shown enough in the second half of the campaign to suggest they can challenge Juventus next year.
Massimiliano Allegri's future at the club remains uncertain, and while that will undoubtedly be the first matter to be decided upon now that the season has concluded, the current Rossoneri squad has shown signs of being capable of competing both at home and abroad in the forthcoming years.
While they will be unable to benefit from increased revenue at the level that Juventus have as a result of their stadium project in the years ahead, the Milan hierarchy have made a conscious effort to improve the financial position of the club.
The wage bill continues to be reduced, while the emphasis in the transfer market has switched to young, promising talents as opposed to regular big-money moves that may well undo all the hard work done thus far.
The acquisition of Mario Balotelli in January has arguably put in place a potent strike-force for years to come, and having benefited from the six months together this season, they will return refreshed and ready to lead the line.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has proven to be a shrewd businessman over the past two decades and will undoubtedly understand the requirements needed to improve the squad further.
He has witnessed the Rossoneri evolve from a crisis zone into one of the most promising projects in Italy over the course of the season just gone, and what makes them a potential Scudetto rival for Juventus next season is their clear vision.
Having had to part with numerous key figures over the past two years, Milan have finally found themselves in a position where they can build for the future and lay the foundations for a new cycle of success.
It will be important to acquire the right players this summer and not bring in additional squad players to provide quantity rather than quality.
Regardless of what Milan do, the Bianconeri will remain a formidable obstacle to overcome. Their consistency sets them apart from their competition and they boast perhaps the best squad in Italy, both in individual talents and as a collective unit.
They can conceivably continue to dominate Serie A given the squad they have assembled and are likely to improve further over the summer as they look to conquer Europe.
However, perhaps most important to Milan's chances next season will be the result of the managerial merry-go-round this summer in Serie A. Should Allegri stay, they will hope to continue their promising work done thus far. Should he leave, his replacement must be capable of overseeing and improving a project that has all the ingredients necessary to flourish over the next few years.
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