AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 7
The market is officially open, and silly season is upon us. It is still unclear how AC Milan will approach the offseason, whether they decide to spend money and give a gift to new coach Pippo Inzaghi.
One thing is clearer: Mario Balotelli does not appear to be going anywhere. The 23-year-old had a disappointing World Cup, despite scoring in his first game.
It was reported in the Italian press that Silvio Berlusconi lost any potential transfer money from Balotelli because of that World Cup: "Other than Italy, I lost during the World Cup," Berlusconi was quoted as saying in Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t the Press Association, via The Guardian). "I was about to sell Balotelli to an English team for several millions. But after this World Cup who will buy him any more?"
The question is valid, especially considering that Milan don't usually sell their players at a low.
But Milan have targeted other players in different positions, and some could and will leave. Here's a quick snapshot of their market.
Genoa, Milan at It Again
Milan enjoy an especially close relationship with Genoa and their president Enrico Preziosi, and they are close to a deal for defender Sime Vrsaljko.
Apparently Napoli, Fiorentina and Juventus have all expressed interested in the 22-year-old, but his representative told MilanNews (h/t Football Italia) that "there will be a meeting today or tomorrow and they will try and find an agreement."
Milan striker Alessandro Matri could move the other way to equalize the deal, but he has said that he would like to remain with the Rossoneri and work with Inzaghi. But there are limits.
"I do not want to start the season as third choice," Matri told Corriere dello Sport (h/t Football Italia). "Genoa? I do not have any decisions made, it is fair to consider all possibilities."
Matri could replace Genoa's Alberto Gilardino, who is currently weighing up an offer to play in China, as per Vaishali Bhardwaj of Goal.com.
Alessio Cerci on the Move
So in comes Alessio Cerci, the right-winger for Torino. Milan could definitely use someone in that position, and Cerci is probably the best fit. Inzaghi could play Cerci on the right of a 4-3-3 system with Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
But once again, Milan would have to pay more than they like.
La Stampa claims that Milan have offered €15m for Cerci. Torino want €20m. @ale_cerci_7— AC Milan News (@Milanello) July 7, 2014
Atletico Madrid are also keen on Cerci, but their bid appears lower.
Cerci's agent is in Madrid now. He will speak with Atlético Madrid, who have offered €12m for the Torino winger. @ale_cerci_7— AC Milan News (@Milanello) July 7, 2014
Torino president Urbano Cairo met with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani this past weekend, but Cairo insists that the meeting was just "casual," as per Football Italia.
MLS for the Brazilians
Kaka has already left Milan for Major League Soccer, and Robinho could join him. Only last year did Robinho sign a contract extension with Milan, but he only scored five goals in 31 competitive appearances for Milan. It makes sense for club and player to part ways.
Robinho currently earns around €3 million a year, and that is simply too much for a player as infrequent as him.
Orlando City are an option, as well as the Chicago Fire, the L.A. Galaxy and the New England Revolution, according to Football Italia. Corriere della Sera (via Football Italia) reports that the MLS club would have to pay Milan to get the 30-year-old.