Latest AC Milan Transfer News: Cassano, Rolando, Berbatov, Dzeko
AC Milan may sign a Portuguese centre-back, who has a release clause of €30 million. Alternatively they could sign a reliable German centre-back.
This article will also opine on Zlatan Ibrahimović's move to Paris Saint-Germain and attempt to delve into the warped mind of Antonio Cassano.
Paris Saint-Germain have officially signed Zlatan Ibrahimović from AC Milan, according to UEFA.com.
Glass half-empty perspective: Screw you Adriano Galliani.
Glass half-full perspective: Galliani has alleviated the club of Ibrahimović's massive salary; the Swede's departure should put the club in good standing with the UEFA financial fair play rules; a pragmatic business decision.
Crazily optimistic perspective: When Ibrahimović left Inter Milan for Barcelona, Inter won the UEFA Champions League. When he left Barça for AC Milan, the Spanish club won the Champions League. Now that he's left Milan for PSG, will the Rossoneri win Europe's elite competition?
The closest person to match Ibrahimović's strength and technical brilliance is Hulk—but he's overpriced and isn't a centre forward.
The Swede's productivity was impressive, but it wasn't out of the world crazy like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Those two are irreplaceable, but you can't say the same about Ibrahimović.
Give Stephan El Shaarawy an extended run next season and let's see if he can live up to the hype.
Selling Ibrahimović isn't the end of the world, but letting Thiago Silva go was wrong. World-class centre-backs are an endangered species.
Francesco Acerbi better start watching Andrea Barzagli tapes because the former Chievo player will need to overachieve like Barzagli just to play at Silva's standard.
Antonio Cassano warned AC Milan not to sell Thiago Silva:
I’ve not heard from Ibra for a month, but if he gets angry about Thiago Silva being sold, then he’s absolutely right. It'd be criminal. Without Thiago Silva, at most we’d qualify for the Champions League. Besides, people should be clear with the fans. He is irreplaceable and without him we lose 50 per cent of the team.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.
If Cassano leaves Milan, I hope an Italian journalist reminds him of this quote: "Those who leave Milan tend to immediately regret it."
Once a Cassanata, always a Cassanata.
Porto centre-back Rolando told Corriere dello Sport (via ESPN Soccernet): "I'm awaiting a call from Milan. If I were to leave Porto this summer, Milan would be the only option for me."
A few years ago, Rolando anchored a back four that conceded 16 goals in 30 league games. He felt like an untouchable under André Villas-Boas.
Without the prodigious manager, Rolando's past season for Porto and Portugal was a guide on how to concede goals.
His ineptitude allowed Iceland to score three times. He was all over the place in a 2-1 loss to Denmark.
He was Jean-Alain Boumsong-bad against Barcelona and Manchester City.
Yet, Porto are brazen enough to mention Rolando's €30 million release clause. Don't hate the club, hate the game. In order for Porto to survive, they have to swindle clubs into overpaying.
If AC Milan buy Rolando, then we'll know that they didn't bother consulting their Portuguese-based scouts.
Manchester United outcast Dimitar Berbatov is willing to run to Milan, according (via EuroSport.com) to his agent.
Last season, Berbatov was either subbed on or off in 66.7 percent of his games. However, he still scored nine goals and was a class act whenever he was given a chance.
What was the problem at United? Berbatov slowed the game down to his tempo, which was walking pace. Sir Alex Ferguson wanted more speed, hence why he persisted with Chicharito and Danny Welbeck.
Another issue is Berbatov wanted to play a deep-lying forward role. Who plays that role for United? Wayne Rooney. Why not just play Berbatov as a goal-poaching forward? He has no pace, he doesn't press and is generally always anonymous in that role.
Berbatov would be a wonderful addition to AC Milan because the club will appreciate his technical prowess and give him a fair run.
As reported by EuroSport.com, Stuttgart centre-back Serdar Tasci wants a move to AC Milan, according to his agent (reported by Football Italia).
Tasci completed 87.8 percent of his passes, thus showing his ability to play out from the back. He's relatively good in the air as he won 72.7 percent of aerial duels.
He's still a quality centre-back even though he didn't perform at the same level as Mats Hummels, Dante or Holger Badstuber.
If Milan want to roll the dice, they should sign either Sebastian Langkamp or Willy Boly. That being said, they've already taken a calculated risk on Francesco Acerbi.
Frustrated Manchester City forward Edin Džeko would love to play for AC Milan, according to his agent (via Football Italia).
Džeko contributed six goals in his first three Premier League games: A brace and an assist against Manchester United, two assists against Bayern Munich and an injury-time equalizer in that epic game against Queens Park Rangers.
These examples prove that he's an elite forward.
Obviously he'll look out of sorts if he doesn't start week in, week out. He's not like Sergio Agüero, who can turn it on at any moment. Džeko needs to know that he's valued, but he isn't afforded the same leeway that Roberto Mancini gives to Mario Balotelli.