What News For Milan In the Silly Season?

michael coneyContributor IJuly 2, 2009

PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: Peter Crouch of Portsmouth clashes with Giuseppe Favalli of AC Milan during the UEFA Cup Group E match between Portsmouth and AC Milan at Fratton Park on November 27, 2008 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The affectionately known "silly season" is always the source of some cracking gossip during the summer for football fans the world over.  It is doubtful though that we will see another silly season like this one for some time.

It is worrying for the followers of certain teams to see their best players being shipped out on the conveyor belt to Madrid. I for one lamented the loss of star man Kaka to Madrid. 

United fans will surely miss the goal scoring exploits of Ronaldo.

What is most worrying for me as a Milan fan is the lack of genuine transfer moves from Milan so far in this transfer window. There was a time when the best players in the world graced the San Siro stage. 

That time could turn out to be a distant memory unless something is done fast.

The sale of Kaka may have made sense if it was carried out in order to invest the money back into the team. That does not however look like being the case. Edin Dzeko was the number one target this summer. There was a time when if Milan had a number one target then they were almost guaranteed to get the player. If they wanted their man, then they were willing to pay to get him.

The debacle with Cissokho has proven that Milan may be trying to pull the wool over the eyes of their counterparts in other clubs to lower the fees for their targets. You may say this makes good business sense. That it is shrewd. 

Another word comes to mind when I see that: miserly.

I have never heard of a football player failing his medical because of dental problems. If that was the case, why did Milan sign Ronaldinho? He doesn't have, no disrespect intended, the perfect smile. For anyone out there who has ever seen the classic BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses it seems like Milan are trying to engage in a bit of "wheeling and dealing" over their summer targets.

Now we hear rumours that they are thinking about bidding for Peter Crouch? Peter Crouch? Hardly the marquee signing that the club requires to replace Kaka. 

Again, Peter Crouch? It beggars belief.

We Rossoneri were treated to the news that Milan have recently signed two promising young players in Zigoni and Berreta. We've been looking to reduce the average age of the squad for a while now but can we seriously say these two young men will be thrown into the first team? 

In England they play promising young players all the time. Look at Arsenal. I'm surprised they don't have a nanny waiting on the sidelines in case one of them jars their knee.

That's not the way in Italy though. Alberto Paloschi has been loaned out yet again despite making an impact when he was thrown into the lion's den when Milan were desperately short of striking options. We even let a man who could have replaced Kaka, Yoann Gourcuff, go for peanuts.

This silly season, Milan need to do something dramatic to pull the suffering fans out of the mire we seem to be in at the moment. If the management of the club are unwilling to invest heavily in buying new players, then why not take advantage of the rumoured interest from certain Arab sources? An influx of cold, hard cash is needed if we are to hold our own against the cream of Europe.

In fact, remember we are meant to be among the cream of Europe? I mean, it's not like we're shy in the trophy department. Last year we missed out on Champions League football. We need to make sure that this year, when we are back in it, we give a good account of ourselves. 

That will not help if we are forced to haggle over our targets as opposed to just going out and buying them.

We need a target man to support Pato. I shudder to think what will happen if he leaves.  A new left back is also a priority. We cannot go on relying on the old guard. Look at what happened to Italy in the Confederations Cup when they tried. 

Any Milan fan will be honest and tell you we have been living off past glories. The team of 2003 is still very much present in the current line-up. We played some good football in 2007, but really, if we're honest, Kaka himself dragged us kicking and screaming over the finish line that year.

So, a lot of work to be done in the red and black half of Milan this summer.  I just hope we can succeed.