Andrea Bertolacci to AC Milan: Latest Transfer Details, Comments, Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2015

FLORENCE, ITALY - JUNE 10:  Andrea Bertolacci speaks to the media before the Italy Training Session at Coverciano on June 10, 2015 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Roma midfielder Andrea Bertolacci on a four-year deal.

The 24-year-old Italian joins the Rossoneri for a reported €20 million (£14.2 million) as Milan look to build an improved squad for next season after a dire 2014-15 in which they finished 10th in Serie A, per Football Italia.

The San Siro outfit confirmed the signing on Monday:

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.@BertolacciTweet is a red&black player! He signed the contract until June 30th, 2019. Welcome Andrea! #weareacmilan

AC have missed out on a couple of reported targets recently, with Geoffrey Kondogbia moving to Inter and Jackson Martinez making a switch to Atletico Madrid, per Joe Short in the Express. 

However, Bertolacci finally represents a decent piece of business for Milan as they look to move forward under new boss Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Previously co-owned by Genoa and Roma, the Giallorossi recently bought out their half of Bertolacci's registration, before moving him on, almost immediately, to Milan.

He played 34 games for Genoa in Serie A last season, scoring six goals as they finished sixth, per WhoScored.com, while creatively he should be a fine addition at the San Siro, per Squawka:

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Andrea Bertolacci recorded 7 assists in Serie A last season, more than any AC Milan player registered. http://t.co/B2hflZSt0J

Bertolacci is clearly excited by the prospect of a move to such an historic club, having described the outfit as "very important" following his Monday medical, per Milan Channel (h/t ESPN FC): 

I've arrived at a very important club, and I can't wait to get started. Milan were always the first choice for me, I really wanted this club. The club has immediately shown me a lot of affection. 

There's an important project, and great desire after a difficult season. I want and need to improve. I have to build on an important year and help take Milan back to the top.

Milan do indeed have a big task on their hands to return to the top of European and Italian football.

Since winning their last Scudetto in 2011, Milan have slid down the league table, and their performances in finishing 10th in 2014-15 were largely awful.

For such a legendary club, their absence from European competition is a shame, but they need time to rebuild.

The signing of Bertolacci is a good start transfer-wise this summer, but further additions will need to be made if Milan are to return to their former glory any time soon.   


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