AC Milan Transfer News: Latest Offseason Rumors for the Rossoneri
As Juventus cantered to the title, those left trailing in their wake were left with one standout thought to mull over as they take to the beaches of Capri, Sardinia and Sicily: Investment is needed if they are to compete with the Turin giants.
Whilst the Bianconeri's season was not as faultless as their unbeaten title vanquish of the previous campaign, Serie A chairmen the length and breadth of Italy would have raised eyebrows at the futile challenge conjured up by their teams, with gallant runners-up Napoli proving a exception.
One club whose blushes were only spared by a Mario Balotelli-inspired surge of late-season form was AC Milan.
Following the Rossoneri's €25 million purchase of Manchester City's "enfant terrible," concerns were raised, namely about his temperament.
It was also unseen as to how the AC Milan faithful would react to welcoming a former player of deadly rivals Inter Milan.
But in a run that saw them incur just one defeat in their 20 league games of 2013—at the hands of, inevitably, Juventus—Balotelli repaid the faith shown in him by Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani with 12 goals in 13 games.
Following such a successful purchase, Galliani and the rest of the Milan hierarchy are keen to recruit similar impact players—albeit less controversial, one imagines.
After months of speculation, now is the time when those rumours linking the Rossoneri with a whole host of players come to fruition or dissipate into the ether.
One player who has been continually mooted as a potential signing is Balotelli's former teammate, Carlos Tevez.
After last season leading a one-man coup to attempt to force through a move from the Etihad Stadium, the striker has been markedly more mellow during City's trophy-less season this year.
With his contract expiring next summer—and neither party displaying much desire to renew—it is highly likely City will listen to bids for the Argentinian international.
ESPN reported this week of Galliani's appreciation of the player and that his wages would be "no problem."
Where will Stephan El Shaarawy be playing football next season?
Whilst City are known to have an admiration of Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy, it is thought any potential bid won't include the Italian international, who scored 16 league goals in 37 appearances.
This primarily stems from the fact the player is settled, as Sky Sports reported of his desire to stay, even if Galliani did refuse to completely rule out the sale of a player who, the Mirror reports, is also being courted by Arsenal and Napoli.
Having already earned three senior caps, the midfielder is viewed as a long-term replacement for Massimo Ambrosini, who looks set to leave this summer as his contract enters its last few weeks.
Another young and prodigious midfielder who may soon be gracing the San Siro is Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara.
Although highly regarded at the Nou Camp, the 22-year-old has seen his route to the first-team blocked by the arrival of Cesc Fabregas, the Express reports that the Rossoneri are involved in a tussle with Manchester United for the Spanish international.
If rumours are to be believed, both teams will have to act fast before his release clause rockets from €18 million to over €80 million.
With youth seemingly the order of the day, Torino winger Alessio Cerci—who has shaken off his previous tag of nomadic misfit to be quite the revelation this season—is also rumoured to be on Milan's wish list.
The 25-year-old, capped by Italy four times, is currently co-owned by Torino and Fiorentina, but La Gazzetta dello Sport reports (h/t Soccer News) that Galliani is ready to meet the €4 million asking price demanded by each party.
What are your thoughts? Would Carlos Tevez thrive in Italy? Where would he fit in with Giampaolo Pazzini, El Shaarawy, M'Baye Niang and Balotelli? Which players are threatened by an influx of new signings? Let me know either in the comments section below or via Twitter: @LeRowley
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