The arrivals of Rodriguez, Biglia, Musacchio and Kalinic came as a lesser surprise compared to the ones mentioned in part 1, however they are ever so important. Musacchio was already really close to joining Milan last summer, however due to the lack of funds Milan wasn’t able to seal the deal and decided to sign Gustavo Gomez instead. Berlusconi refused to invest in new players because he was planning to sell Milan to the Chinese, while the Chinese on their behalf couldn’t invest until the change of ownership was official. Despite this deadlock situation Milan was able to sign Gomez and Sosa with the money arrived from player sales.
It’s a small miracle that Milan managed to finish sixth with the material they had in hands and I think Montella deserves credits for this achievement and luckily the Chinese seems to appreciate his work as they gave Montella their blessing with a contract extension. The team can now continue on their path of progression under the same trainer. Montella: “I feel the club’s trust and there is a very important technical and economic project here, I am in agreement with the club that this team needs some improvement. It can definitely be improved with quality elements.” He couldn’t have dreamed of the transfer campaign that followed, however it was already clear something needed to happen to bring the quality and enthusiasm back to San Siro. One could say Montella’s contract extension was the first major act form the new board and the first important signature of the summer, let alone the signatures which saw Mirabelli and Fassone appointed in their roles.
With the arrival Biglia Milan has finally found their regista, however they might have already had the right players to fulfill this role with Locatelli. Nonetheless, Mirabelli and Fassone decided not to gamble on a young talent and wanted to bring the necessary experience to the team with Biglia. They did the same with the arrival of Kalinic, who is a guaranteed goal machine in the Serie A, while they already had Cutrone and Silva to act as striker. Another player who can act as a striker is Borini. He is part of the less prominent signings of this summer’s transfer campaign along with Antonio Donnarumma.
A Summer of Dreams – Part 3
A Summer of Dreams – Part 2