Thursday July 12 2012
Start the revolution without me

The reported departures of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Milan might not be such a bad thing after all, argues Dave Taylor.

Any revolution that was planned by Milan after their timid defence of the Scudetto last season looks to be over already if it is true about the sale of their only two world class players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

At least that is what some fans think, looking at the various forums.

“Anything is possible as the transfer market is very unpredictable. It has happened in the past and it can happen again this season,” hinted Vice-President Adriano Galliani earlier this week.

With both Juve and Inter leading busy transfer campaigns, Milan fans are left wondering when and if their club is going to bring in a big name. Yes they are aware that there are financial problems and it seems free signings and co-ownerships are a sign of the times for the club, but it doesn’t stop them wanting a big name.

Of course, they know their club needs to be aware of the new UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations, which means they need to lower their massive wage bill, stop big spending on players and live within their means to make a profit or they will find themselves locked out of Europe. Milan’s proposed sale of Silva and Ibra to Paris Saint-Germain shows how serious they are over this particular aspect.

Yet, with this money available it will be highly unusual if Galliani has not got something up his sleeve already. Indeed, today’s Gazzetta dello Sport reports that he already has several players in mind if both the sales go through. Names like Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Mattia Destro as well as Lass Diarra, Aleksandar Kolarov and Dede are all mentioned.

Although it is sad to lose Silva and Ibra, it’s probably the Brazilian’s loss that will be most keenly felt. However, with the finances boosted and according to the Gazzetta, a saving in wages combined with the transfer fee amounting to €170m, they cannot afford to turn it down. Also, there are still seven weeks to go before the transfer window closes and two or three potentially top buys are far from fantasy.

A point of concern, though, is that whilst neither Ibra nor Silva were quite Bandieri, they were players who could be relied on for the big occasion. The end-of-season exit of some of the club’s senatori - Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Filippo Inzaghi and Gennaro Gattuso was a massive loss, and although none of them finished as regular first-teamers - Nesta started the most with 16 games - they exemplified the heart and soul of the Rossoneri.

The remaining players might be able to hold their own at the top but those veterans had elegance, composure under attack, they had pride in the shirt and, most of all, experience at the very highest level - one that alongside captain Massimo Ambrosini only Ibra and Silva have.

However, one player’s absence is another’s chance to prove himself. There are some great youngsters and five new players at Milanello who will be willing to show Coach Massimiliano Allegri what they have. It all depends on how quickly he can mould a new team into a united squad willing to fight hard on three fronts. Let’s not forget with Alexandre Pato, Antonio Cassano and Mathieu Flamini were missing for most of the season as was Kevin Prince-Boateng.

If the Rossoneri can manage to avoid too many injuries, perhaps the revolution might not be called off after all, even without Ibrahimovic and Silva.

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Have your say...
Didn't Juventus lose even more money last year?? They would want to be carefull, real football fans will remember that Dortmund almost went under after building there magnificent stadium. They should have a cautious approach. Inter are doing well, Coutinho back is like a new signing and getting Forlan off the payroll was wise as he played poor. I feel sorry for Julio Cesar tho, Inter look to be forcing him out. Two years ago he was in the top five in the world. Roma,... should have bought Borini
on the 16th July, 2012 at 4:09pm
Milan has been the best run club in Europe since Berlusconi took over more than 25 years ago. They are thinking ahead of other clubs and will be in great shape when the financial fair play regulations come into effect. Thiago Silva will be missed but 42m for a defender is an insane amount in the current environment. As for Ibra, there are many reasons for selling him: he is almost 31, wages are too high, and does not get along with Pato.
on the 15th July, 2012 at 1:56pm
Well, juve & pirlo seem to be having the last laugh.
on the 14th July, 2012 at 2:02pm

Juventus lost 90 million last season. :) Nothing to do with the stadium either.

All these expensive player purchases will kill Juve on amoritzation.
on the 14th July, 2012 at 11:41am

LOL, Juve is not preparing? One reason why juve still can purchase good player so far and keep pushing for 1 world class striker is because they HAVE PREPARED about this rule since even they demoted. Building new stadium is one key that proved can eleminated negative impact due to financial loss due to UCL missed and even serie B demotion. Inter sold eto'o for same reason and it's a prove that with almost italian club tight their wallet, only Juve that actively in mercato...
on the 14th July, 2012 at 5:03am

thank you Ibra for your time at Milan but time to go. We dont want you feeling that you are relied on there and getting too egoistic. Silva may be a blow for some to hear of his departure and as good a defender he is certainly replacable. This Milan needs to bring some youth and some Italian youth. I can see from some coments they dont like this news. I dont like change either but sometimes its the only option.
on the 13th July, 2012 at 10:35pm
Milan & Udinese apparently having a competition as to who can lose the most players.

Chance for a long-overdue revolution at Milan. A chance for Pato to be the main man and fulfil his huge talent. Flip side Is that Juve are 1 striker away from walking the league for the Immediate future.
on the 13th July, 2012 at 6:18pm
Milan can build a stadium with the money they are saving in 2 years

Are you kidding me?

One year from now, all you great Milanistas that have no faith in your team will come here and say how good of a move it was.

Look up whats coming ahead and don't think about yesterday and today. Barcelona and Real are billions in dept... that will end one day

Milan is building a new young champions team. The one we had was ready to retire.... so is Ibra, and Thiago

we need to discover the new stars NOW!
on the 13th July, 2012 at 3:59pm
Reality is we will get cheap unknown south americans (still more expensive than home grown talent) and be told what great "champions" they are - despite the fact no one other than their agent knows who they are. Some will be great but most will be pants. The good ones will want their wages doubled after 6 months and we will be right back at the beginning. Sorry for the rant but when you read Silva and Ibra were on £100m in wages, you really have to ask what strategy milan are working to?
on the 13th July, 2012 at 8:41am
Great opp' for Milan to build a new cycle around a new core of Italian players like ALL the previous dominant Milan teams. The defence needs quality added to it, i like Astori but i think Ogbonna deserves an opp' at a top team. More options are needed in midfield so please can we have Verratti - he can make up for the devastating loss on Pirlo. Up front i still think Pato Baton needs moving on and i would look to bring in Super Mario and Destro.
on the 13th July, 2012 at 8:32am

you are so so so far from wrong. Only Milan, Juve, and Inter fall on the wayside of this rule. All the other clubs in Italy are pretty much within FFP limits.
on the 13th July, 2012 at 8:24am
Berlusconi and Galliani should move on. If they cant afford to keep the best players, then the club should be given to a group who can. Milan are starting to look like small fish in a big footballing pond. Very sad.
on the 13th July, 2012 at 3:57am
People dont know what they are talking about. They need to realise that the financial fair play rule is starting from 2014/2015 and milan are preparin for it. No club in italy will meet this rule as for current date. But milan might be the first to do so now. This is good for milan. Because alot of top clubs will suffer soon enough, because of the rule.
on the 13th July, 2012 at 2:27am
I think you must be playing devil's advocate here. If Milan lose these 2 players they are in HUGE trouble. They could even drop below 3rd place. As a Juve fan, in a way I am pleased, but in a way it is bad news for all of serie A- Two top players leaving the league, no real competition for Juventus. It is not good for calcio. I have always respected ACM and it is sad to see them selling off to smaller club like PSG. After last season, Milan needed MORE world class players- not less!
on the 13th July, 2012 at 2:11am
It should be noted that while playing for Milan, Ibra did not manage to win the championship for the first time. I dont blame him for leaving.
on the 13th July, 2012 at 12:02am
I say build the God damn stadium Galliani is always complaining about. A copy of Allianz Arena. In two years the can afford to say no to the Arabs when City and PSG come knocking.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 10:54pm
Honestly a great deal and a very smart move for AC Milan.

Ibrahimobich got a red card any time you needed him mostly, and last season Milan looked more dangerous without him then when he played. When he was in, Milan was predictable or you guys forgot about it. All in all he is consumed and better take some money for him now then later.

Silva! Great respect for him, however $40 million.... Are you kidding me? Others will raise to the occasion like it always happens.

Milan has now money!
on the 12th July, 2012 at 10:44pm
Not upset in seeing Ibra leave. He never showed in the big games and never won a champions league. Silva will be a loss, but it isn't the end of the world. These player's can be replaced and Milan can still challenge. Look at what Juve did last year with a team that many guessed would just be battling for 3rd place.

Milan is evolving, and in a game that will be ultimately ruined by money, and seek.g big teams crash. Milan will survive.

Forza Milan
on the 12th July, 2012 at 9:58pm
I've prayed for Milan to ell Zlatan for a while. I'm not ungrateful, but Milan are/were way to dependent on him.
The tactic were, lets play Zlatan and see what he'll do...

Selling Silva is on he other hand a blow. But if, and only of, the money are invested in YOUNG (Italian) players, Milan could build a new Gli Invicibili.

But don't blame PSG, it is the name of game.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 9:40pm
Football-italia: The only place where selling two world class stars is taken as a good thing!
on the 12th July, 2012 at 9:20pm
Completely with you Gio - I used to like Ancelotti and Leonardo but they keep plundering Serie A! And so do other Italian managers and technical directors abroad.

Silva will be a big loss to Milan and Serie A. Perhaps it is time for Ibra to go so we don't have to watch him decline. No-one is really that fond of him anyway.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 8:42pm
As a Juve fan this is great news but it's not good for serie a. Don't feel Milan are getting that great value do you go from rejecting a supposed 45million euros for silva to accepting one of 62 for both. they value Ibra at 17million do they? They could get another 10 million out of this for me. it's clear that it's all about money in calcio now, so why have they not held out for more? expect well less than half of it to be reinvested I'd say.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 8:13pm
no offence but people seem to have short term memory loss we know what going to happen milan will spend a third of fee a striker and defender and the rest will disapear. In the winter mercato we will get a big name player like kaka and any saving made on ibra and silva will go on the big name player, this is the berlusconi way.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 7:58pm
Please dont give excuses to Galliani. All what he is doing is wrong. A team like Milan must think of buying z toughest players in z world and not selling them!
Think about the best defensive players;does Milan have any?
What about the best midfielders such as Iniesta,Fabrigas,Toure,Silva,Pirlo;does Milan have any?
WHat about the best wingers such as Marcello,Maicon,Alves,Pedro,Robben; does Milan have any?
What about the best players: Messi and Ronaldo. Why is he only dreaming of them. Shame!!!
on the 12th July, 2012 at 7:41pm
I could have accepted the sale of Ibra which would force Pato to raise his game and even give the likes of El Sharaawy more playing time but the sale of Silva sickens me and he alone basically won us the Scudetto 2 years ago and kept us in the hunt this year. The loss of THEE BEST Center back in the world just shows that Milan are more worried about cash flows then they are about the club doing well on the field. you need big players to win big games. this is Insanity
on the 12th July, 2012 at 7:35pm
Okay, so now Berlusconi has apparently confirmed the sales.

R.I.P. Milan's hopes for domestic or European success for the forseeable future.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 7:33pm
I'm amazed. Utterly, utterly amazed. This is the most obvious sign of a once great club pretty much saying "we give up". I can understand Udinese or Napoli selling to balance the books, but Milan? They pretty much robbed Chelsea with Sheva and Real with Kaka. What happened to that money? Ibra and Silva are in their prime, and arguably the best in the world in their respective positions. It is nothing short of a disgrace that they are even thinking of selling them, especially at those values.
on the 12th July, 2012 at 7:19pm
Milan is becoming a joke, why would u sell silva? Ibra can go for all I care, but are defense will be laughable at best. What happened to the feared back line? Berlusconi is killing the club I love, why would he sell and not buy? Do they understand how frustrating Milan are becoming?
on the 12th July, 2012 at 6:56pm
@The grand milanista

So true!!!!
on the 12th July, 2012 at 6:04pm

Extremely well if they reach Europa League.. your joking right?
on the 12th July, 2012 at 6:01pm

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