AC Milan: Why Diego Lopez and Pablo Armero Transfers Are Vital for the Club

Matteo BonettiContributor IAugust 6, 2014

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - JULY 27:  Diego Lopez, goalkeeper of Real Madrid gestures during the pre season friendly match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Ullevi on July 27, 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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The past few days have seen AC Milan go from making little sense in the transfer market to finally getting rid of dead weight and trying to upgrade in various positions.

The latest report on the front page of La Gazzetta dello Sport says that maligned left-back Kevin Constant has been sold to Turkish side Trabzonspor for a figure of €2.5 million, while Robinho is very close to finally joining Santos in a transfer saga that has been heating up twice a year for the past three seasons.

Constant was one of Massimiliano Allegri's failed projects, as he was brought in as a winger but converted into an attacking full-back. The problem was that Constant was a raw defender, didn't have breakneck speed and didn't have a particularly good cross. 

Robinho, on the other hand, hasn't really been part of the club since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left three years ago, and it's a transfer that is long overdue and will allow Milan to allocate his high wages elsewhere.

Pablo Armero celebrates for Colombia
Pablo Armero celebrates for ColombiaChristopher Lee/Getty Images

Milan's small revolution continued as they moved to replace Constant with speedy Colombian full-back Pablo Armero, who had a fine World Cup outing with his national side. The La Gazzetta dello Sport article states that Armero will sign a loan deal that gives Milan the option to buy from Udinese.

Armero has world-class speed, but is wildly inconsistent and unreliable on defense. However, during the World Cup he showed that he's capable of getting forward and even trying his luck on goal. He's a dynamic player with his own shortcomings, but he's a big upgrade over Constant.

The other interesting deal that's about to unfold would give Milan Diego Lopez, their first truly great goalkeeper since Dida had a spectacular season a decade ago. The latest on the Real Madrid player has been chronicled here on Bleacher Report.

Despite only being given the nod in domestic action because of the awkward, fan-dividing goalkeeper-by-committee situation at Real Madrid, Lopez performed significantly better than his counterpart Iker Casillas last season.

The Lopez-Casillas situation was a bizarre period at Real Madrid
The Lopez-Casillas situation was a bizarre period at Real MadridDenis Doyle/Getty Images

Lopez has a large frame and is adept at coming out on set pieces. He has a penchant for making spectacular saves and is generally a reliable option who doesn't make many mistakes.

Unfortunately, the recent arrival of Keylor Navas at Madrid means that one of the keepers will have to leave the club, and Los Blancos aren't ready to part ways with Casillas, a player who has been with the club for more than 15 seasons.

Lopez's experience is invaluable and would provide an upgrade over the three worrying choices Milan have at the moment. While serviceable, Christian Abbiati is in the twilight of his career and has been mediocre at best for the past few seasons. 

The other options for Milan are hardly tantalizing either. New signing Michael Agazzi was scored on four times by Manchester City in a friendly this summer. He was beaten on his near post and did nothing to convince Filippo Inzaghi that he should be given a nod as the starting goalkeeper. 

In the end, the transfer window has been nothing short of a depressing period for Milan in the past few seasons when compared to their glory of their past. A slew of useless free transfers has become too common. These two latest deals could be just what Milan need to move on from their horrendous friendly losses and regain confidence for next season.