AC Milan has turned onto the homestretch along with the rest of Serie A. As the number of games left in the season dwindles, the specter of the summer transfer window grows ever larger.
Until recently, transfer season hasn't been particularly kind to the Rossoneri. Since their Scudetto triumph in the 2010-11 season, they've seen far more impact players leave the team than arrive.
In 2011, Andrea Pirlo decamped for Juventus after Milan deemed him washed up. He proceeded to drive the Bianconeri to four straight titles and a Champions League final. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and center back Thiago Silva joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012. Neither was adequately replaced until this past year. That summer also saw the loss of a slew of veteran leaders such as Gennaro Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi. In 2014, they sold off promising young midfielder Bryan Cristante with absolutely no explanation.
Last summer saw Milan do better. They spent big money for the first time in five years and made a couple of stellar signings. Striker Carlos Bacca, a €30 million recruit from Sevilla, finally gave them a reliable striker up front.
Another €25 milllion was sent to Roma for center back Alessio Romagnoli, who has begun to stabilize a weak defense, and at 21 years or age, he could develop into the next in the long line of revered Milan defenders that includes Alessandro Nesta, Alessandro Costacurta, Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini.
They even had a few smaller successes such as Juraj Kucka, who has turned into a useful midfield hard man with the occasional touch of technique. But even then, they've had misses, such as the €20 million they spent on Andrea Bertolacci—a good player but not one worth that kind of fee.
A key to continuing Milan's rebuilding project will be to expand on the successes they had in the market last year with a few more good buys.
But which players will Milan get? Today we'll look at four rumored Milan transfer targets and see just how high the truth factor is for each proposed move.