Tuesday July 23 2013
Milan don't need new buys

Milan have so far failed to make any signings this summer, but Alex Mott wonders if that will work to their advantage.

Silly season has started all over Europe. Between June and August 31, the football world goes into overdrive with no rumour seemingly off limits. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Napoli? Why not? Lionel Messi to Monaco? That’ll work. But despite all the nonsense and hokum that is spouted over the summer transfer window, genuine, bona fide deals have been struck in Serie A.

Clubs all over the peninsula have seen big names out of the door, but crucially parted with cash to see other marquee players come back in. Fiorentina let Stevan Jovetic go to Manchester City for €30m, but reinvested some of that for Bayern Munich hitman Mario Gomez and Palermo’s Josip Ilicic. Inter have been incredibly busy, gambling on young starlets Ishak Belfodil and Mauro Icardi.

Under Rafael Benitez, Napoli are coming to terms with Edinson Cavani’s exit by splashing out on Real Madrid pair Raul Albiol and Jose Maria Callejon, with Los Blancos teammate Gonzalo Higuain expected to arrive at the Partenopei very soon.

Juventus have added to their already world-class squad by signing up Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente for the grand total of €9m.

Lazio have brought in Anderlecht’s highly-rated midfielder Lucas Biglia and, just as good as a signing, seem set to keep hold of star playmaker Hernanes. On the other side of the capital, new Roma boss Rudi Garcia has opened up the American cheque book for Mehdi Benatia, Douglas Maicon and Morgan De Sanctis. Even Parma have got in on the act – Antonio Cassano has left the bright lights of San Siro and shacked up at Stadio Ennio Tardini.

That then, just leaves Milan. The Rossoneri. ‘The Most Successful Club in World Football,’ as they so often tell everyone. Rumours have been circulating all summer over potential signings for Massimiliano Allegri’s men. Ilicic was on the verge of a transfer, but chose the Viola instead. Adem Ljajic was meant to be on his way, but Robinho stayed put and the deal was off. Keisuke Honda has been signalling his intent to sign for the Diavolo for months – so far, nothing.

Some fans may bemoan the lack of ‘names’ coming into the club, but in this age of upheaval for the Italian top flight, is it in fact a good thing? With so many top teams making huge changes this summer, will Milan’s squad and managerial consistency actually be to their advantage in 2013-14?

We saw last season that the departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Pippo Inzaghi and a number of legends affected the team in a huge way. By October, losses to Udinese, Atalanta, Lazio, Inter and Sampdoria had all but ended their Scudetto challenge. But just one defeat post-Christmas showed the Rossoneri faithful that there was still something to shout about.

Mattia De Sciglio is a year older, Stephan El Shaarawy has a campaign under his belt. If the Confederations Cup is anything to go by, Mario Balotelli is as sharp as ever. This young team has gotten over the shock of losing a dozen of their best players and proved in the second half of last term that they are a match for anyone.

All this, added to the fact that Silvio Berlusconi stuck with Coach Allegri is proof positive that the Diavolo can challenge for the title come August, no matter who they do – or don’t – sign this summer.

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'Milan don't need new buys'
Err, yes we do!!!
Astori, Eriksen, Honda, Ljajic and then we r complete!
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 5:26pm
Milan is already competitive in Serie A, it is in the CL that they have fallen behind the big clubs. However having watched the two legs against Barca last season they are not far off in the CL either. The main question is: "Does Milan want to stay true to their new image of buying young players and building on youth rather than spend millions on older already developed players as they did in the past?" Their rebuilding process only began last season but their average age has dropped drastically and they still did well in both Serie A and CL so i don't see why they shouldn't be able to do the same this season.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 5:23pm
Is it just me or does every1 else have the friend that does all he can 2 avoid buying a round at the bar because hes a utter cheapskate.

AC Milan is the footballing equivalent of that friend. The team are so damn tight fisted, they sell players for loads of money yet still moan about balancing the books. They buy no players and instead try and haggle other teams into unrealistic sales like beggars. It's embarrassing
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 5:03pm
I personally think Milan will be competitive.
The end of last season showed it.
If they could get rid of Robinho, replace him with a better player (not difficult), and maybe find a strong centre back they will give any team a hard time.
The most interesting thing would be to see if El Shaarawy will be as good as the start of last season and how he gels with Balo. Also if i was Milan i would go for Julio Cesar in goal, i still think he is World class.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 4:54pm
If Milan want to finish in the EL places, then you're right. However, I thought this was one of the greatest club sides in the world? To say this current squad doesn't need added to is as crazy as "Messi to Monaco". El Shar and Balo are massively overrated footballers, and having Robinho to rely on also, doesn't fill Milan fans with great comfort I'd imagine.

Milan are not the Milan I grew up watching (Gullit,VB,Baresi). This one has no ambition.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 4:40pm
We need an attacking midfielder ASAP. Too many times last season our attack was dry and we had issues penetrating defensive teams. Honda is a great passer and would give Balo and SES much more service, which should create more goals.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 4:34pm
But the CBs are still far from top draw. They should buy one if not two decent CBs and then and only then might be able to challenge. Articles about milan always overlook the CBs leaving us o do the job for them.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 4:27pm
As a Milan fan, I'm a bit worried about Napoli and Fiorentina making the signings they have. As the article rightly suggests, they need time to bed in, but Milan are historically sluggish out of the blocks - more so under Allegri. I'm satisfied with Honda, Poli, Saponara and Vergara. The latter 2 really need to be given a chance & some first team football - especially being so young.
Personally I would be tempted to loan out Niang, sell Boateng and put the money to Eriksen. Personal opinion.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 4:23pm
Milan wi challenge for the Scudetto but not contend.
on the 23rd July, 2013 at 4:18pm

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