AC Milan, Will It Be a Summer Of Change?
So much has happened all too fast in the Black and Red side of Milan.
Paolo Maldini's retirement, emotional and controversial, was when marred by Ultras at the San Siro in the legendary skippers last home game.
But that huge loss has somehow found itself upstaged by the eventual exits of Coach Carlo Ancelotti, who unsurprisingly went off to Chelsea at the end of the season,and Yoan Gourcuff, a promising young midfielder who was on loan at Bordeaux who should have returned to Milan after a very impressive spell in France.
And the most disappointing of all, Kaka's 65 million move to Madrid, has left Rossoneri fans all over the world in shock while wondering how the team will move forward next season.
Leonardo's appointment as coach was a sign of optimism. It was a moved influenced by Pep Guardiola's success at Barcelona I'm sure.
But most Milan fans did not expect to lose their most important and vital player, nor did they hope to hear Pato and Pirlo rave about Chelsea and Ancelotti's respective interest in them.
Silvio and Galliani have been quick to state that Alexandre Pato, Pirlo and Seedorf are unsellable.
But just how many times had they expressed that same sentiment when it came to Kaka? Many.
And if it already escape your memory as its hard to believe, he's already an official Real Madrid player.
Infinite question's hang in the air and have yet to be answered.
Galliani promises that the money will be used wisely to rejuvenate the side whilst finding a valid replacement for Kaka. Silvio Bersculini and Alexandre Pato, Milan owner, wantthe side to invest their trust in Ronaldinho, who he hopes to carry the club forward to future successes.
Kaka is a phenomenal player and I'm sure he'll succeed at Madrid, but can Ronaldinho step up and take advantage of his absence? Will he return to his previous levels?
I doubt so, but I think he will improve under Leonardo's guidance as the coach's promised attacking style of play may suit the Brazilian maestro.
But as in all aspects of life, Milan must realize that life moves on and hopefully use the funds wisely in the transfer market in a bid to elevate the club to its previous levels.
Leonardo and Galliani must ensure that the money be used wisely and I think there are a couple of key players that could be ready for a move and can be instrumental to Milan in the near future.
Potential Transfer Targets
Edin Dzeko: A young prolific forward, the 23-year-old Bosnian grew up as a fan of the Rossoneri and views the possibility of playing for Milan as a long-held dream. He considers the club his first choice destination should he have to move.
Galliani reputably held talks with him about a 30 Million Euro move to the San Siro, although Wolfsburg is reluctant to sell.
Karim Benzema: I think now is an ideal moment for Milan to think about Benzema. Just like Dzeko, he is the explosive and strong type of center- forward this team needs to partner Pato up front.
He has also expressed an admiration for Milan, although Barcelona is his first choice. He would be a perfect destination for Ronaldinho's famed through-balls.
Samuel Eto’o: The Cameroonian striker just came from winning the Champions league title with FC Barcelona.
But their still remains a lot of doubt over his next destination as his contract runs out with the Catalonians at the end of next year. Should reports be believed he may indeed move to Milan in the summer of 2010 by signing as a free agent on a contract similar to the one offered the ex Arsenal Midfielder Mathieu Flamini?
Maxwell: Yes, he may play for city-rival Inter, but Milan desperately needs some cover at the back and this quality left back is being wasted on Jose Mourinho's bench. This move is unlikely to happen but it would be welcome.
Phillipe Mexes: Roma and France center-back Mexes has been a target for the club for sometime now in the transfer market. Now would be the ideal time to get the skipper given Roma's lack of European action this term.
Cristian Zapata: If Milan wants to rejuvenate and restore their back-line to its previous glory, signing Zapata from Udinese would be a cheap and ideal way to do just that.
With Napoli and Arsenal being the only other teams vying for his signature, Milan may find themselves a gem of a center-back partnership with Thiago Silva, Zapata, and possibly Nesta all battling for a starting spot in the center.
Elano: a controversial decision, my choice is to include Elano, a virtual unknown to most (except Brazil fans) that plays for Manchester City, as a great asset or transfer target for a huge club like Milan.
He seems to have a telepathic understanding with Ronaldinho, something Kaka clearly lacked.
Always a hard worker on the pitch, his versatility in midfield is also fundamental. He mostly roams on the right but he can supply the ball, hold it up, and pass. He is also great at set pieces, but Mark Hughes is letting him rot on the bench!
With Kaka gone, a new coach, fresh young players, and possibly a host of changes made to reduce the average age might signal a new Milan side ready to become competitive once again in Serie A and Europe.
Please comment if you would and let me know your thoughts.
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