Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 11
AC Milan shipped out excess cargo and bought a great security package. It was a great week.
Forward Robinho was sent on loan to Santos for the year, and left-back Kevin Constant departed for a new adventure in Turkey with Trabzonspor.
Pablo Armero, another left-back who scored with Colombia at this year's World Cup, is close to joining the Rossoneri, according to reports from Sky Sport Italia last week (h/t Forza Italian Football).
Perhaps the greatest coup of all is Diego Lopez. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the Real Madrid goalkeeper's transfer is "99 per cent" complete (h/t Hamish Mackay in the Daily Mail).
Milan are already better than they were a week ago.
There is less than a month left before the transfer window shuts, and so there is still time to improve. That could well mean there is still time for Mario Balotelli to leave, but the media at the moment is not so interested in him.
Let's take a look at some of Milan's ongoing summer projects and rumours.
Milan Back in for Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt has completed his loan spell with Milan, but apparently he wants to come back to Italy.
Coach Harry Redknapp told Get West London last month (h/t Sky Sports) that Taarabt "wasn't fit and hasn't been fit to train since" the first day of training.
Then he said he was going to Milan last week. He hasn't gone so what we need to do with him is get him fit. He's got to train morning, noon and night really, whether he stays here or goes somewhere else.
I've got a lot of time for Adel. He needs to get himself in shape, like the other lads have done. If he does that he will be a great asset to us I’m sure.
Galliani is reportedly set to meet Taarabt's agent on Tuesday, with a deal worth around €3.5 million (plus a percentage of any future sale) thought to be enough to take the player permanently.
Taarabt scored four goals in half a season with Milan.
Milan Get Creative for Alessio Cerci
Of course, Torino's Alessio Cerci is still a man the Rossoneri desire.
He is a wanted man in Spain, too. Atletico Madrid thought about putting together a €20 million bid for Cerci, per Marca (h/t Football Italia), and Milan would have to pay around the same price to win their prize.
But wait—this is Galliani after all. He is going to try a loan move.
La Repubblica reported on Sunday (h/t Football Italia) that Milan have asked Torino to take Cerci on loan for a full year, assuming his wages. And, of course, with an option to buy at the end of the season.
It is a strange ploy, and it likely will not work. Cerci's value has never been higher, and if not sold, Cerci could stay put. Torino president Urbano Cairo has already said that he would like to keep the 27-year-old, per Sky Sports' Nadia Carminati.
Mattia De Sciglio to Remain with Milan?
Real Madrid have discussed one Mattia De Sciglio before. Here's more from Marca:
Of all the players on the club's shortlist, Carlo Ancelotti's preferred choice is Mattia De Sciglio ... although sources close to the player have told MARCA that the full-back has no intention of leaving the Italian club.
But perhaps Madrid have moved on to another player from the Milan academy. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, it is 25-year-old full-back Matteo Darmian. "The negotiation between Real Madrid and Milan never gained momentum," Di Marzio writes, "despite the numerous contacts and the deals the clubs recently made together (Kaka and Diego Lopez)."
De Scilgio has regressed—he spent large chunks of last season injured and on the bench—while Darmian has soared, claiming a starting spot on the flank with the Italian national team.
That said, both players need more time to stabilize and solidify their game as Italy's young and promising full-backs.