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AC Milan transfer window priorities: New centre-back Renato Sanches and two signings already made

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A month ago AC Milan fans were celebrating the Scudetto victory after 11 years of waiting, but a lot has changed since then. First, the Rossoneri changed ownership, with US private investment firm RedBird Capital signing a preliminary deal to buy the club. Company founder Gerry Cardinale has taken over the reins of the club, and he is putting his stamp on multiple aspects of AC Milan. The official announcement came in early June and the transition to new ownership will take place over the summer, with closure expected no later than September 2022. Meanwhile, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are working to improve the listing, but things are going a bit slow from now on, thanks in part to this transition.

AC Milan Goalkeeping Prospects

  • Stay : Mike Maignan, Ciprien Tatarusanu
  • Uncertain coming: Antonio Mirante

Last summer was one that saw a major change between the sticks, with Gianluigi Donnarumma leaving AC Milan at the end of his contract and the club recruiting former Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan. He ended up becoming the best goalkeeper of the season in Serie A. He is expected to stay with Ciprian Tatarusanu as number two.

Ideal moves: The future of the third goalkeeper, Antonio Mirante, is still undecided. While talks over a new contract are still ongoing, the club haven’t made a final decision on him yet. If he stays, Alessandro Plizzari who returns from the loan to Lecce will return next season.

AC Milan Defense Outlook

  • Stay : Fikayo Tomori, Pierre Kalulu, Simon KjaerTheo Hernandez, David CalabriaAlessandro Florenzi
  • Leaving: Alessio Romagnoli
  • Uncertain coming: Matteo GabbiaFode Ballo-Toure

Stefano Pioli’s defense was one of the keys to the title last season with just 31 goals conceded in Serie A, so there isn’t much that can be done to improve this unit. Former Chelsea defender Tomori is expected to stay and he is also in talks over a new contract while Simon Kjaer will be back after recovering from an ACL injury. AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli will leave but is likely to stay in Italy with AC Monza and Lazio interested in him. Away, Theo Hernandez and Davide Calabria will stay for sure, and the Rossoneri will also definitely buy Alessandro Florenzi from AS Rome after a very positive season.

Ideal moves: AC Milan’s number one priority is a new centre-back and Sven Botman was the main name for months until he decided to opt for Newcastle. The Lille defender had been in talks with the Italian club since January but finally he decided not to wait any longer and he is preparing to sign with Newcastle. AC Milan will now have to look into a few alternative names. Gabbia and Ballo-Touré are also expected to stay this summer, but if anything changes, the club will look for their replacements as well.

AC Milan Midfielder Prospects

  • Stay : Sandro TonaliBrahim Diaz
  • Leaving: Tiemoue Bakayoko, Frank Kessie
  • Uncertain coming: Ismael Bennacer, Rade Krunic, Daniel Maldini
  • Arriving: Yacine Adli

There will be some midfield changes with Kessié, who left the club at the end of his contract, now waiting to officially sign with FC Barcelona. Tonali, after an incredible year, is staying on permanently and his agent is already in talks with the club to extend his contract. Bakayoko will also leave and be back at Chelsea, at least until they know what they want to do with him next, while Bennacer’s future remains to be decided as he is yet to sign a contract. contract renewal and his contract expires. in 2024. Brahim Diaz has one more year on loan from Real Madrid and he should stay if nothing changes. Krunic and Maldini could leave the club this summer.

Ideal moves: AC Milan already signed Yacine Adli from Bordeaux last summer and he will be part of the roster next season after being loaned to his former club last year. Renato Sanches is still the midfielder’s main target but Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in signing him despite the fact that he has already agreed personal terms with the Italian club. Things should become clearer in the next few days. La Gazzetta dello Sport also reports that Milan have expressed interest in Sassuolois attacking midfielder Traoré Jr and he could become a target for the summer.

AC Milan attacking prospects

  • Stay : Raphael LeaoOlivier Giroud
  • Leaving: Samu CastillejoMarko Lazetic
  • Uncertain coming: Alexis Saelemaekers, Ante Rebic, Junior Messiah, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Arriving: Divock Original

Stefano Pioli will definitely count on Leao for the 2022/23 season. The Portuguese striker was one of the best players in the league last year and Milan are now ready to improve his salary and extend his contract. Giroud, who scored crucial goals on the team’s way to victory at the Scudetto, including a crucial brace against InterMilan, should stay at the club and will be part of the list. Castillejo is on the transfer list, while young talent Marko Lazetic is expected to leave on loan. The big question concerns the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had a contract expiring in June and underwent surgery which will force him out for the next seven or eight months. Talks between him and club representatives are ongoing and he is expected to decide his future in the coming weeks. The Rossoneri have already signed free agent Divock Origi, who is expected to sign a long-term contract with AC Milan in the last week of June.

Ideal moves: Meanwhile, AC Milan are working around some names such as Charles De Ketelaere of Brugge who is also attracting interest from some Premier League clubs such as Leeds United and Brugge winger Noa Lang who can also play in different forward line roles. Sporting director Ricky Massara also spoke to AS Roma’s Tiago Pinto and asked for an update on the situation of Nicolas Zaniolowho is also the target of Juventus, but as of now, it seems to be too difficult to materialize this summer. AC Milan in the past have shown interest in the Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca but his price is too high this summer (around 40 or 50 million euros) and PSG are in talks to sign the Italian talent.