AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2
Now that AC Milan have closed the Serie A season in disappointing fashion, it's time to take a look at the myriad of changes that will undoubtedly sweep through the club.
Coaching changes, player signings, last-minute sales—all the drama of the summer transfer window will be written about here.
The first tidbit of bad news came in the Italy vs. Ireland friendly, when Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo was stretchered off with a broken tibia.
The 29-year-old midfielder will undergo surgery and might miss the beginning of next season's Serie A campaign.
Here are some of the latest rumours and news updates coming out of Milan.
Kaka or Honda Leaving
Honda has been a disappointing since joining in January from CSKA Moscow, where he showed an inability to adapt to the Serie A.
Kaka on the other hand has been heavily tipped to join Orlando City.
Official: Milan Sign Alex
According to an official update from Milan's website, the club has signed Paris St. Germain defender Alex until 2016.
The 31-year-old center back brings a wealth of experience and a scoring touch which he showed at Chelsea, netting six different times in two back-to-back seasons.
Galliani Says No to Benfica Offer
Adriano Galliani has rejected Portuguese side Benfica's €4m offer (via Gazzetta) for youngster Bryan Cristante.
The midfielder had a few sparkling starts under Massimiliano Allegri but wasn't able to see the pitch once Clarence Seedorf was hired. He's hopefully part of Filippo Inzaghi's plans going forward into next season, and Milan would be wise to keep him.
Inzaghi Meets with Menez
Jeremy Menez is out-of-contract with Paris St. Germain after spending three seasons in the club, and reports from Football Italia indicate that he met with Milan's very own Filippo Inzaghi in Ibiza to potentially discuss signing with the Rossoneri.
The 27-year-old French international last played in Serie A with Roma and is a mercurial talent capable of world-class performances.
Milan Close to Signing Alex
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Adriano Galliani met with Alex's agent Kia Joorabchian to discuss signing the Brazilian defender from PSG on a two-year-deal.
Alex is an experienced veteran who would bolster Milan's leaky backline as well as provide a threatening shot from long distance.
Arsenal Linked with Balotelli
The same article states that coach Arsene Wenger is an admirer of Super Mario and would try to persuade the Gunners to make a bit for the Italian striker.
Balotelli's performances in the 2014 World Cup will be a major influence on his future and where he'll end up.
Inzaghi Meets with Milan's Higher-Ups
According to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio (via Football Italia), Filippo Inzaghi met with both Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani over the weekend.
The meeting is understood to have surrounded Milan's "strategy" going forward, with the team looking to appoint the former player as the new coach after not going through with the Clarence Seedorf experiment.