The Rossoneri have practically completed their transfer plans during the January market following the arrival of David Beckham from Los Angeles Galaxy according to Vice-President Adriano Galliani.
The club captured Ghanian Dominic Adiyiah as well and Galliani has stated on more than one occasion il Diavolo will not be signing any other players. Despite Galliani’s insistence on the closure of the transfer market from Milan’s perspective, the past few days have seen a plethora of players linked with the Rossoneri. Reports of players leaving Milan were not uncommon either with the biggest name being Alexandre Pato. The young Brazilian striker has been linked over the past couple of days with a £56m move to Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are reportedly tracking the young prodigy who has netted against los Galacticos during the Champions League group stage and impressed with his goal-scoring this season. Pato has been scoring on a consistent basis since his move to Milan and he is certainly a safe bet given the great promise for further improvement as he is still only 20.
It is highly unlikely Milan will let go of their scoring sensation considering the Rossoneri are still fighting for the Serie A crown (in second place behind Inter) and have drawn Manchester United in the Champions League Last 16. However, the huge sum rumoured to be on offer may force Milan to reconsider and sell Pato while hastening the deal for desired target Edin Dzeko who has been linked with the club for the umpteenth time. Dzeko’s move to Milan keeps resurfacing but under various combinations of cash sums paid or players exchanged in addition to payments to German side Wolfsburg. With Klaas-Jan Huntelaar failing to leave a lasting impression in Milanello despite his short stint, the latest rumour emanating from the respected French L’Equipe mentions a potential exchange involving the Dutch Striker going to Germany to join Wolfsburg in return for Dzeko’s move to Milan. Il Diavolo will reportedly pay €25m as well to make the deal happen.
Huntelaar will continue to be linked with moves away from Italy following his statement in recent weeks reiterating his need to play on a regular basis in order to be picked by the Netherlands for South Africa 2010. The Dutchman originally insisted he will fight for his place and keep working hard to secure a regular spot in Coach Leonardo’s starting line-up. It is not certain whether Leonardo told Huntelaar he will not be playing much or if the striker has grown disheartened by his lack of chances despite impressing in his super-sub role against Catania. Milan could certainly use the money if both Pato and Huntelaar were sold to bring in Bosnian striker Dzeko and fortify the defensive line which has struggled whenever either Alessandro Nesta or Thiago Silva were missing.
Speaking of the defence, the Rossoneri have been linked with Hamburg’s Guy Demel and Monaco’s Cedric Mongongu. Both players are of African descent but carry a French passport so their signing will not be a problem in terms of the player quota allowed from outside the European Union. The interesting feature is the fact the two players are quite tall, they tower over 6’2”, and are renowned for their physical strength. It would be a complete change from the current defensive strength of Nesta who relies on his skills and ability to read the game as opposed to physically overpowering the opponent’s strikers. Brazilian Thiago Silva is not an imposing figure either and tends to fall under the same category as Nesta in terms of his approach to the game.
Coach Leonardo and his players will be looking forward to a demanding return to Serie A matches given the next two fixtures will be against Genoa at home and then the much anticipated trip to Turin to take on struggling rivals Juventus. Leonardo will be certain to work on having his squad focused on the encounter with il Grifone as the visitors do have a number of offensive threats. Geona might be only 11th in the division standings but are separated by four points from fourth place Roma and have the third strongest attack behind Inter and the Bianconeri.
The clash with il Grifone at the Giuseppe Meazza will serve as a stern test and a proper preparation for the showdown with the Old Lady. The next two fixtures could very well determine Milan’s chances in wrestling the Serie A title away from their city rivals the Nerazzurri.
Milan Club Focus 2009/10
Pre-season expectation – August 18, 2009
Leonardo breathes as Brazilians relieve pressure – August 25, 2009
Kaka returns to the San Siro – August 27, 2009
How to play 4-3-1-2, a lesson from their rivals – September 1, 2009
Reshuffle the current squad, regain the winning mentality – September 4, 2009
International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)
Leonardo’s time to react – September 7, 2009
Livorno springs opportunity to end crisis – September 11, 2009
Serie A slides down priority list – September 15, 2009
Leonardo lurches into decision-making territory – September 18, 2009
Off the pitch rumours continue to swirl – September 22, 2009
Old legs cannot win forever, will Berlusconi follow in Della Valle’s footsteps? – September 25, 2009
A powerhouse that no longer strikes fear – September 29, 2009
Time is running out to save il Diavolo’s season – October 2, 2009
A draw as bitter as a defeat – October 6, 2009
The club is not for sale – October 9, 2009
International week (Republic of Ireland-Italy, Italy-Cyprus)
In search of strikers and defenders – October 13, 2009
Berlusconi reiterates he will not sell as the Rossoneri prepare for Roma – October 16, 2009
Brazilian duo see off Roma – October 20, 2009
Rossoneri record famous win in Madrid – October 23, 2009
Leonardo stumbles upon the 4-2-3-1 – October 27, 2009
Two precious points dropped – October 30, 2009
Borriello strikes twice as Milan continue climbing the table – November 3, 2009
A bitter draw after Pato’s disallowed ‘goal’ as Huntelaar emerges unscathed – November 6, 2009
The Rossoneri challenging Juventus for second place – November 10, 2009
International week (Italy-Holland, Italy-Sweden)
Crucial stretch begins as Dzeko linked again – November 20, 2009
Rossoneri continue impressive run – November 24, 2009
Missed opportunity to qualify – November 27, 2009
Huntelaar breaks his duck with a late double to lift Mila to second – December 1, 2009
Season-defining week looms ahead – December 4, 2009
Sunshine glimmers from the San Siro, but those clouds won’t leave – December 8, 2009
Qualification secured after a scare – December 11, 2009
Gattuso to help the aged a little longer – December 14, 2009
Staying away from the market – December 18, 2009
Winter break starts early – December 22, 2009
Beckham lands in town – December 29, 2009
Giants on the transfer horizon – January 5, 2010