Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 18
Almost every week there is a summit in Arcore, northwest of Milan, between coach Pippo Inzaghi, vice-president Adriano Galliani and owner Silvio Berlusconi. Almost every week there is not much concrete news coming out of there.
The Arcore summit is over. Has San Silvio given us the fans a "GIFT" ? -GC pic.twitter.com/DE45NMC0Da— AC Milan Club NY/NJ (@ACMilanNYC) August 14, 2014
Inzaghi has longed for a new winger, per Gianluca Di Marzio. They have gone through many names: Alessio Cerci, Ezequiel Lavezzi and lately Douglas Costa, the 23-year-old Brazilian who wants away from Ukraine, per La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia).
AC Milan have two weeks left to make a late purchase. This is how they acquired Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2010. Both came within days of each other, just as the transfer window was closing.
Inzaghi already received a kind of gift on his 41st birthday: Diego Lopez. Lopez did not enjoy his debut so much, fumbling the ball and conceding twice against Valencia at the weekend.
Another could be on the way. And two current players could leave. Let’s take a look at this week’s rumours.
Douglas Costa a Real Option?
Douglas Costa is "stronger" than James Rodriguez. At least that’s what Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu says.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia), Lucescu was not totally against Costa moving to Milan. But he wants the deal done “the right way.”
He would like Costa to stay in Ukraine, to play with them in the Champions League. After all, Milan cannot offer that.
Galliani knows his agent well. Kia Joorabchian also has Carlos Tevez as a client, and Galliani met with him in 2013 to broker a transfer. It collapsed.
However, there is also the question of money. Costa’s buyout clause is reportedly set at €50 million—according to transfermarketweb.com—but Milan could possibly get him for €25 million, with possible counterparts included.
Milan Looking at Frenchman Clement Grenier
Milan seem to be going French lately. They already have Adil Rami, Jeremy Menez, M’Baye Niang and Philippe Mexes on their roster, and they could aim to add 23-year-old midfielder Clement Grenier of Lyon.
His agent said he has been in touch with the Rossoneri but also added in an interview with Foot Mercato (h/t Goal.com) that “Clement isn't determined to leave Lyon at all costs.”
Grenier is a smart, lithe midfielder with attacking potential, and his movement is reminiscent of Kaka. He has great technique, and he can take free kicks with real finesse.
Grenier has been linked with Newcastle and Arsenal. Earlier in the month, he missed training with Lyon, and that sparked outrage. He later said on his website (h/t The Guardian) that he did not miss any session intentionally—certainly not out of rebellion to force a move.
Grenier is recovering from a groin injury sustained in Brazil during the World Cup. He was indeed part of France’s World Cup squad. He missed games there, and he also missed Lyon’s Ligue 1 opener.
Grenier scored four times and had five assists in Ligue 1 last year.
Philippe Mexes to Manchester United?
But this French contingent could soon be reduced by one. In a bizarre twist of rumours, Manchester United somehow found themselves linked with Mexes, the hazardous 32-year-old defender who is currently making €4 million a year with Milan. It was first reported in Corriere dello Sport (h/t Daily Mirror) in a small part of an article on other transfer subjects. And yet it blew up on Twitter. At one point Mexes was trending.
Here is the "Mexes to United" 'rumour'. Not its own article, not in the headline, not even its own paragraph. pic.twitter.com/JK7axFDCBI— Meytar Zeevi (@RossoneriBlog) August 17, 2014
Juventus Offers Exit for Christian Abbiati
Christian Abbiati is in a tough spot. He just recently re-signed with Milan, but then came the arrival of Diego Lopez, a sure starter in almost any team, and suddenly Abbiati is left as a backup goalkeeper, something he most likely did not sign up for. La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Abbiati could head back to Juventus, where he played on loan from Milan in 2005-06 (h/t Football Italia).
But he would mainly serve as a backup at Juventus as well. Gianluigi Buffon is still the firm No. 1, and Abbiati would otherwise replace Marco Storari, who could move to Sassuolo.