Milan Transfer News: Allegri Rules Out Matri as Aid to Attack

Tim FontenaultCorrespondent INovember 15, 2010

Matri had the best season of his career last year, playing in all 38 matches and scoring 13 goals for Cagliari.
Matri had the best season of his career last year, playing in all 38 matches and scoring 13 goals for Cagliari.Enrico Locci/Getty Images

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has ruled out a potential move for Alessandro Matri, a former player of his when he was manager at Cagliari.

Matri is impressing this season for the Sardinians, with five goals, three of which came on a hat-trick against Roma.

The 26-year-old Italian was with Milan from 2003-2007, but spent most of his time on loan at lower-level clubs Prato, Lumezzane and Rimini. He joined Cagliari in 2007 and has 29 goals in 106 appearances for the club. Sixty-nine of those appearances were under Allegri when he was Cagliari's manager.

Interestingly enough, if a move for Matri were to be made and completed right as the window opens, he could make his Milan debut at the Sant'Elia against, of course, Cagliari.

Milan recently suffered a blow in the attack. Alexandre Pato is ruled out until January while 37-year-old super-sub Pippo Inzaghi is set to have surgery and is done for the campaign.

Allegri, coming off a 1-0 win over city rivals Inter, discussed the rumor with Itasportpress.

"I know Matri very well having had him at Cagliari, but in January, Pato will return and with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Ronaldinho in attack, we are doing well."

If rumors are to be believed, Ronaldinho could well be on his way out of the San Siro this winter. The Los Angeles Galaxy, who lost to FC Dallas last night in the semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs, will be bringing him to California to join forces with stars like former Milan midfielder David Beckham, Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan.

Matri is not the only player Milan has been linked with recently. Fernando Torres, Nani, Edin Dzeko, Raul Abiol, Paolo Zabaleta, Brede Hangeland, Keisuke Honda and Eden Hazard have all been linked with Milan recently. Another name thrown about, though highly unlikely. is former Milan star Kaka. Many fans have also discussed the prospect of acquiring Raul Albiol and Kaka's teammate at Real Madrid Lassana Diarra as a defensive midfielder.

Though Matri and all these players are excellent talents and could be helpful, Milan must first focus on finding a new fullback. That must be priority number one to solidify the defense, which showed its worth, but bent a lot, against Inter Milan when the Rossoneri went down to 10 men. After a fullback, Berlusconi and his men must look for a midfielder, maybe a holding midfielder to open up the other two midfielders to aid the attack. Only after acquiring these components would pursuing an attacker be ideal.

The transfer window will open January 1st. Milan are currently sitting atop the Serie A standings with 26 points. They sit one point ahead of Lazio, though many would say six points ahead of their toughest contender, which would be Inter Milan who sit fifth behind Lazio, Napoli and Juventus.

With the strength that some the other sides in the European spots are showing and with Milan aiming to go deep in the Champions League, post-Christmas shopping may be necessary this holiday season.