January Transfer Window: Mark van Bommel Joins AC Milan in Free Transfer

Niccolo Conte@@NiccolocContributor IJanuary 26, 2011

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11:  Mark Van Bommel of the Netherlands tackles Carles Puyol of Spain during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Mark van Bommel has been called many things. While some call him "the dirtiest player alive," others prefer to simply call him "scum." While normally I don't approve of these rude and often over-exaggerated names, in van Bommel's case I might make an exception. Last season the Dutchman amassed an impressive 111 fouls and 16 yellow cards in all competitions, yet never received a red card.

While van Bommel is an intelligent central midfielder with a relatively wide range of passing, his overall style is what turns many people away from him. He tends to plow through his opponents: ramming through them, stepping on them and using sly tactics to avoid more bookings than he should receive.

If you were to categorize Mark van Bommel, you would probably have to put him into a category of his own: a provoking bone-cruncher.
Regarding the deal which has been signed, Mark van Bommel was released from his contract at Bayern Munich after specially requesting termination of his contract. The club was happy to tear up the player's contract, thanking him for the four and a half years of service, and letting him join AC Milan on a free transfer.

Mark van Bommel's deal with AC Milan is six months long, a smart move by the rossoneri. The former Bayern player will be useful in case injuries continue to pile up, but he won't be around for long to drag down the club.
Mark van Bommel joins another newly-signed Dutch player, Emanuelson, who arrived from Ajax for about 1.5 million Euros. While Emanuelson will have the shirt No. 28, Mark van Bommel will wear the prestigious shirt No. 4, previously worn by Demetrio Albertini. 
While it's a little early to judge, we might get a chance very soon when AC Milan play against Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia. AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says that it is likely that the new signings will play, giving them a chance to debut at the San Siro.
It's a strange transfer, probably one which will work out well for AC Milan in the end. What do you think? Share your comments below!