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Milan have a very interesting problem going into the 2011-12 Serie A season.
Despite tinkering with their lineup on various occasions to incorporate youth products like Alexander Merkel and Rodney Strasser, and giving the 27-year-old Mathieu Flamini plenty of chances to stake his claim for a starting spot in midfield, it is the old guns of Milan that consistently prove themselves to be better candidates for a starting berth in Milan's lineup.
As such, the best options for Milan's midfield at the moment are the 34-year-old Mark Van Bommel, 35-year-old Clarence Seedorf and 33-year-old Gennaro Gattuso.
It seems crazy, but there's just no denying that these three are the best three central midfielders currently at AC Milan.
Mark Van Bommel has slotted in perfectly in the midfield since his move from Bayern Munich in January, and has been a perfect fit for AC Milan's style and formation.
Alongside him in midfield has been Gennaro Gattuso, whose resurgence in the second half of the 2010-11 season was nothing short of remarkable.
A player who most have considered washed up and done since 2008-09, Gattuso not only showed a return to his fearsome, warrior-like self in 2010-11, but in the second half of the season managed to even record two assists and two goals! The best of the bunch was his goal against Juventus, which turned out to be the winner in a 1-0 AC Milan victory.
Finally, Seedorf has provided the attacking component of Milan's three-man midfield. He too experienced a late resurgence after an up and down season in which he was frequently in and out of the lineup and subbed on and off frequently.
Down the stretch however, in the last eight games of the season, he gained Allegri's trust and rewarded him with some very solid performances as well as three goals and an assist. He was not subbed in any of these last eight games.
Should Alberto Aquilani be brought in by Adriano Galliani, there is an outside chance he could displace Seedorf, although Aquilani would be much more suited for the trequartista role having played in this role earlier in his career; and it is reportedly being his preferred position.
However, should Riccardo Montolivo join instead, Seedorf will almost surely be displaced from the lineup, as Montolivo generally plays as a deep-lying playmaker in the center of midfield.
If nothing changes in Milan's midfield, it can be expected that Milan's bench will get a good deal of playing time as all three guys are likely too old to be playing 50-plus, or even 40-plus game seasons.
Flamini will continue to be a decent rotation option, and Ambrosini, another veteran member of the squad, will also get games in place of Gattuso and Van Bommel. Stephen El Shaarawy, AC Milan's promising new recruit, will surely get to show his skills and talents in the attacking position of the three-man midfield.