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Wednesday May 9 2012
San Siro Bosman XI

Looking for a Bosman bargain this summer? Visit San Siro. Antonio Labbate puts together a team of Milan and Inter players with expiring contracts.

Luca Castellazzi (Inter)

A 36-year-old goalkeeper who has proved relatively reliable when called upon to replace Julio Cesar this term. Has featured in 10 games across all competitions and will appear at the weekend against Lazio given the Brazilian’s suspension. Probably deserves a new one-year contract, especially given that he’s only on €1m a season, but it may also depend on what is done about Emiliano Viviano. Keep him.

Gianluca Zambrotta (Milan)

No longer the marauding full-back who excelled at Juventus before leaving his mark on the global stage at World Cup 2006. He’s totalled just 942 minutes of Serie A football this season and a summer exit wouldn’t be a surprise. Finished at the top level, he’s unlikely to be offered the €3.5m a season salary that he currently nets. Release him.

Walter Samuel (Inter)

Still a very decent defender, expect Inter to offer the 34-year-old a new deal before June. Has made 33 appearances so far this season in a campaign affected by injuries. More reliable than fellow veteran Lucio, the Argentine’s experience could serve whatever new Inter incarnation the summer brings. His present deal nets him €3m a term. Keep him.

Alessandro Nesta (Milan)

Has shown his eternal class on occasions this season, but the time may have arrived for the 36-year-old to end his Milan adventure. Currently on €2.5m, his fragile frame has been limited to just 24 appearances across all competition in 2011-12. Having publicly dismissed the possibility of a move to Juventus, the former international could be tempted by a switch to New York. Release him.

Cristian Chivu (Inter)

Chivu has already met Inter officials and is currently assessing their proposal. It’s understood that the Nerazzurri have offered a two-year deal, with the option of a third, worth €2m a campaign. That’s a significant drop from his current €3.5m and he may be tempted by offers from France, Germany and Spain. Now 31, he’s had a tough campaign which has limited him to just 14 Serie A games. Release him.

Mark Van Bommel (Milan)

A tough tackling midfield enforcer who will either remain at Milan for one more season or make a return to Holland and former club PSV. Signed from Bayern Munich in January 2011, he’s served the Diavolo well over the last 18 months in which they have won the League and secured a runners-up spot. He could still do a job for the San Siro club next season if Massimiliano Allegri is confirmed in his place. Keep him.

Gennaro Gattuso (Milan)

On a €4m a season wage until June, Gattuso has endured a frustrating term at San Siro. An eye injury picked up at the start of September saw him sidelined for almost the entire campaign. Limited to just six appearances, Gattuso will continue to offer more in terms of fighting spirit and leadership than technical quality. He’ll continue to be a bit-part player though if he stays at Milanello. Release him.

Massimo Ambrosini (Milan)

Club captain who after signing a new one-year contract last summer, is looking for the same this time around. Is of interest to some mid-table sides, it remains to be seen whether Vice-President Adriano Galliani will opt to wave goodbye to him and his €3m wages. Now 34, he’s scored one goal in 22 League games this term. Keep him.

Mathieu Flamini (Milan)

Incredibly, only Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns more than the Frenchman’s €4.5m annual salary at Milan. A Bosman arrival from Arsenal, the 28-year-old could move again with the same formula. He’s only 28, thus young enough to be part of the Milan project, but knee ligament surgery last summer has restricted him to just one game this term and his alleged uneasy relationship with boss Allegri is a potential problem. Lower his wages and keep him.

Clarence Seedorf (Milan)

Classy midfielder who has served Milan well since his 2002 switch from city rivals Inter. At 36, however, he’s no longer guaranteed the kind of playing time that he would like. Another player who has a questionable relationship with the Coach, he’s again being linked with a spell in Brazilian football. He’s scored three goals in 28 games this term. Release him.

Pippo Inzaghi (Milan)

Almost left the club in January when Siena made a bid, it remains to be seen what his future holds. Given just 57 minutes in the top flight this term, Inzaghi – on only €800,000 a campaign – remains a fan favourite but clearly has no place in Allegri’s plans. At the age of 38, does he retire or play on for a club who can give him some space? Release him.

Other Milan-based players currently out of contract in June: Goalkeeper Flavio Roma (Milan), defender Mario Yepes (Milan), Ivan Cordoba (Inter) and defender Massimo Oddo (Milan, currently on loan at Lecce).

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Have your say...
@VIKtor

Lol I know thanks dude but I put Tevez on bench because he is not fully fit yet :)
on the 11th May, 2012 at 3:20pm
I'LL TRY TO BE REALISTIC:
"THE ONE THAT SHOULD STAY": CESAR, VIVIANO, CASTELAZZI, ZANETTI, SAMUEL, CHIVU, NAGATOMO, SNEIJDER, GUARIN, POLI CAMBIASSO, OBI, MILITO.

"THE ONE THAT SHOULD IMMIDIATELY LEAVE": RANOCCHIA, LUCIO, STANKOVIC,FORLAN, ZARATTE.

"ON LOAN": FARAONI,CASTAIGNOS,JUAN,ALVAREZ (PROBABLY will do him good)

"NOT SURE IF THEY DESERVE TO STAY": PAZZO (a flop his season), PALOMBO (haven't seen him much on the field), and MAICON (wasn't reliable at all this season)

bring Cutinho back
on the 11th May, 2012 at 2:02pm
@The Milanello Don

Yes, we'll sign tevez to put him on the bench. Lol. Your funny.
on the 11th May, 2012 at 1:57pm
I'm a JUVENTUS fan but also Italian and want Italian football to prosper!!
I hope you readers agree with that sentiment at least.

ACM release all expiring contracts and replace with Italian players who grew up loving il grande Milan they'll be honored to wear the shirt remember grande Milan only had 3 Dutch rest Italian!!!!!

Most important Get rid of ALEGRI if you want to win sign Pescara's Coach Zeman
He knows Italian football and his teams play beautiful football.

Tell me ur thoughts.
GV
on the 11th May, 2012 at 12:45pm
Palombo-Out, Chivu-Out, Pazzini-Out,Forlan-Out, Cambiasso-Out, Samuel-Out, Mbaye-Loan, Crisetig-Loan, Castelazzi-OutWhy did we buy Palombo in the first place?? He shouldn't have come.
on the 11th May, 2012 at 11:49am
Hopeful Milan line up next year

GK: Abbiati
Cb: Silva
Cb: Ranocchia
Rb: Abate
Lb: Criscito
Rm: Boateng
Cm: Nocerino
Cm: Traore
Lm: Montolivo
Str: Ibrahimovic
Str: Cassano
Bench: Amelia, Antonini, Mexes, Muntari, Gattuso, El Shaaraway, Tevez
on the 11th May, 2012 at 6:38am
Inter needs a revamp.
Out:
Julio Cesar
Chivu
Lucio
Maicon
Stankovic
Palombo
Forlan
Zarate

Loan:
Obi
Castaignos
Juan

Buy Maggio, Lavezzi, Destro, Montolivo, Ogbonna and pick up Aquilani on loan. Should have kept Thiago Motta. Bring Viviano back.

Give Faraoni, Rannochia and Pazzini another year. They need to be given a chance to prove themselves. Keep Poli.
on the 10th May, 2012 at 9:29pm
@Anonymous

Yeah, cause keeping them all on the bench will create an amazing atmosphere in the locker room.

Some people really dont get it.
on the 10th May, 2012 at 2:39pm
I say... pato, seedorf, ambrosini, robinho, lopez, zambrota, mesbah, yepes, roma out sell... Nesta, van bomel, gattuso, bonera, inzachi keep... Milan need Montalivo, keita, troare, ganzo, tevez, one best left back difender...
on the 10th May, 2012 at 1:44pm
Milan must identify their starting 11, and with the current squad I fail to find candidates the meet the Milan standard. We need to offload all 10 expiring contracts. We must sell Bonera, Mesbah and Robinho.

Then look to rebuild by purchasing players that can hold a spot for an entire season. Jovetic, Modric, Montolivo, Balzareti are names that can hold the LB, CM and ST positions.

Then invest in bosman understudies such as Traore Bakaye
on the 10th May, 2012 at 1:26pm
Milan should definitely offer new contracts to Van Bommel, Ambrosini, Seedorf, Flamini, and possibly Nesta. As for the other Milan players I too feel they are somewhat old or are longer needed under Allegri. But why get rid of Seedorf and Nesta just because they are getting on in years ? They still have the talent to stay at Milan. Seedorf does find it difficult to play an entire match but he can still be used as a strong substitute for Cassano.
on the 10th May, 2012 at 10:34am
Based on my Milan squad now it is time for Inter
Cesar- Sell
Castellazzi- Sell
Orlandoni- Sell
Di Gennaro- Sell
Cordoba- Retiring
Zanetti- Keep
Lucio- Keep
Maicon- keep
Ranocchia- Sell
Samuel- Keep
Chivu- Sell
M'Baye- Loan
Nagatomo- Keep
Faraoni- Loan
Juan- Loan
Stankovic- Keep
Sneijder- Keep
Alvarez- Loan
Guarin- Sell
Palombo- Sell
Poli- Loan
Cambiasso- Keep
Obi- Keep
Creistag- Loan
Pazzini- Sell
Forlan- Sell
Milito- Keep
Zarate- Sell
Caistaignos- Keep
Livajay- Loan
on the 10th May, 2012 at 8:39am
milan should offer all their players a renewal, same with inter. that way they can stay where they belong 2nd and 6th!

Forza Juve!!!
on the 10th May, 2012 at 8:29am
Keep: Nesta, Gattuso, Flamini and maybe Zambo.

Time to move the rest on and rebuild.

Boateng is good but we'll never win the champs league with him as the creative midfielder behind the forwards - selling Pato and Robinho and by Ganso and Neymar would rejuvinate the team.

Also would like us to buy Cristico and Rannochia.
on the 10th May, 2012 at 8:22am
KEEP NESTA!!!!!!! Keep his as long as he wants to stay! PURE class!
on the 10th May, 2012 at 4:26am
INTER : MILAN :
VIVIANO 5m ABBIATI
ISLA 14m ABATE
NAGATOMO FUCHS 7m
DOUGLAS bosman SILVA
SAMUEL ASTORI bosman
CAMBIASSO AQUILANI 6m
POLI 5m NOCERINO
MONTOLIVO bosman XHAKA 8m
ALVAREZ JOVETIC 19m
MILITO BOATENG
LEANDRO 17m BRAHIMOVIC

Other frees: diame, miccoli, srna, drogba, drenthe,farfan, hoilett, ninis
on the 10th May, 2012 at 12:32am
Don't renew any.. Invest in the youth of italy. Sell pato, he's had more than enough chances to 'prove' what a great prospect he was, its boring listening to the same boring discussion about milan, injury after injury, simple answer buy youth, not fragile 30+ players. Keep boetang cassano abbiati mexes aquilani nocerino get rid of the rest they are either lazy, injured or prehistoric! I'm a milanista but I'm sick of making excuses for big players who fail on thw big stage!
on the 9th May, 2012 at 10:08pm
@ The Milanello Don

CMON.. grant bonera a loan option?? Thats just madness, throw him as far away as possible.
on the 9th May, 2012 at 8:55pm
Abbiati- Keep
Amelia- Keep
Roma- Sell
Nesta- Keep
Silva- Keep
Mexes- Keep
Bonera- Loan
Yepes- Loan
Abate- Keep
Zambrotta- Sell
Antonini- Keep
Mesbah- Keep
De Sciglio- Loan
Van Bommel- Sell
Gattuso- Keep
Seedorf- Sell
Muntari- Keep
Flamini- Keep
Aquilani- Sell
Nocerino- Keep
Ambrosini- Sell
Strasser- Keep
Boateng- Keep
Emmanuelson- Keep
Merkel- Keep
Valoti- Loan
Pato- Sell
Ibrahimovic- Keep
Lopez- Sell
Robinho- Sell
El Shaaraway- Keep
Cassano- Keep
Inzaghi- Loan
on the 9th May, 2012 at 7:29pm
Release them all, sell Robinho,keep MVB and Flamini.

starting eleven should look like this

Abbiati, Abate, CB, Silva, LB, Nocerino, CM, CM, Boateng, Shaarawy/Cassano, Ibra/Pato

CM - Ricardo Montolivio
CM - Luca Modric
RB - Federico Balzaretti/Dominico Criscito
CB - Mats Hummels/ Davide Astori

4 buys, 1 sale, 9 releases
on the 9th May, 2012 at 5:48pm
castellazzi has never been good enough for inter. he's one of those 'keepers who needs a run of games to be at his best. coordination and timing has been slower since leaving doria. pippo, willy wonka clarence and nesta are leaving, and its time for zambro to also move onto pastures new. Flamini should also be released. unfortunately he has never managed to perform at milan. samuel is a legend. an absolute rock as long as he is fit. Ambro is the king. will stay until he retires. yepes is staying
on the 9th May, 2012 at 5:03pm
Players out: Nesta(ret.), Bonera, Antonini, Taiwo, Seedorf, Ambro, Inzaghi, Roma, Mesbah, Yepes, Zambrotta, Aquilani, strasser, Pato(injury liability), Robinho...Keep all other players bring in Montolivo, Keita, Traore(nancy), a left back (world class) and a centre back(world class)..enough with these patch up jobs we resort to in the back...Abate should also be under microscope next year as his performance in big matches has not been good...This would leave enough experience while adding youth!
on the 9th May, 2012 at 4:57pm
Being a super Milan fan, I hope that Nesta and van Bommel renew. Flamini should only renew if he cuts down on his huge 4.5M a season salary. I'd like to see Gattuso stay too, because he is an inspiration for the rest of the squad on and off the field. As for the rest, I think if they leave it's better for Milan, but who knows for sure.

I think the biggest mistake Milan made last year was to let Pirlo go, I doubt if Juve could have done what they did without him!
on the 9th May, 2012 at 3:28pm
@ Anonymous

Dominate? LOl. yeah good luck on that one. I've said it x amount of times now, Juve has NOT played outside of seria a for years... lets see them dominate.
on the 9th May, 2012 at 3:19pm
@Ivan Ivanov

In order to cash in they need to have some track records. The players you want to cash in on has no actual value at this point, mesbah? You'll get 2 mill for him top.

Keep the old players. You think they will be satisifed by being at the bench a whole season. So Sir, get rid of the old get some new blood in.
on the 9th May, 2012 at 3:18pm
AC Milan should keep Flamini and Nesta out the players with no contracts. Great time to freshen up the squad with some young proven players.Sell Pato solely because hes so injury prone but I still think he can be a great player. Milan will never be a challenge in the CL or win serie A again while Allegri is the coach so sack him hes far too cautious and defensive.
on the 9th May, 2012 at 2:31pm
this article really highlights the problems at inter and milan. they have far too many old guys who just aren't fit enough and hungry enough to do well in serie A, let alone the champions league. Unless the milanese make a lot of good signings, Juventus will dominate for years to come.
on the 9th May, 2012 at 2:14pm
Samuel and Chivu should stay, they both are good for the bench. AC Milan have a lot worry about, Inter cannot be any worse then they have been this year but have clearly proven that when 'up for it' they are still better then AC as they did a comprehensive double over them with ease even after refs helped AC in both games. Hope Inter sign Lavezzi, Kolorov and De Jong, and keep Ranocchia!
on the 9th May, 2012 at 2:03pm
AC Milan should keep almost all their veterans and just lower their wages by 50-60%. Zambrotta, Nesta, Yepes, Seedorf, Flamini, Gattuso, Ambrosini, and v. Bommel should remain; they all have the strenght to help the team achieve the goals for the next season. These players should only agree a pay-cut so that the books are balanced and space for some new players opens. Also, players such as Mesbah, Antonini, Abate, Strasser, Merkel, Mexes could be cashed in on. Good money can be mustered.
on the 9th May, 2012 at 1:19pm
Supported ACM since the Baresi era... might have missed one or two games in 25 years. In other words, I know ac milan.

Van Bommel has been crucial in many games both last season and this season. Keep him. Get rid of the rest. Possible keep Flamini and give him a chance and lower hes wage.

Abbiati(preferly get a new gk)

Abatate, Thiago, New CB, Mesbah or antonini for now

Van Bommel, Noccerino, Montelivo, Boateng

Cassano, Ibra.

(Keep Pato but let him prove his worth once again.)
on the 9th May, 2012 at 12:52pm

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