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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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Have your say...
Moh, my logic is economics. That's how things work.

If you think United sold Beckham or Ronaldo to keep the squad numbers down or get fresh legs then let's agree to disagree.

Nice talking to you :)
on the 6th August, 2013 at 6:40pm
Sorry but I fail to see your logic...

Madrid, Barca, United, etc sell to keep the number of players down or get rid of old legs, & they sell way below cost plus a nice big discount which is literally a charitable amount.

Come to think of it, when last did Madrid or Barca sell for profit ? Will Chelsea, Man City or PSG ever sell for a profit ? Unless they under administration of some sort of financial trouble I don't see that happening anytime soon...
on the 6th August, 2013 at 5:21pm
Moh, if you get that "ridiculous offer" for your BMW why would you sell it?
Let me guess ... profit right? :)

Does Barca, Madrid, MU etc. sell players for charity?
Every team operates the same way and just because some have more cash then others doesn't mean you can categorize as buyers and sellers. They all buy and they all sell. Of course the pickings are better if your pocket is deep.
on the 6th August, 2013 at 1:03pm
I see your debate Zoli & raise you the same difference :) (see what I did there)

Its self explanatory, teams like Juve, Man Utd, Madrid, Barca, Bayern, etc spend more funds on buying players rather then selling where as Arsenal, Leverkusen, Milan, etc sell players for profit.

As for Sandro Rosell's statement, key words are "claimed" & "would cost". A price was not set as ADP had in stone for Cavani. Its like a car, I drive an awesome BMW & won't sell unless I get a ridiculous offer...
on the 5th August, 2013 at 7:11pm
I just realized I missed something Moh.
So those /Ronaldo & Zidane/ were "transfers" not sales right? :)

That would put both Juve and MU in the "transfer-club" category.
Can you please explain the difference? Don't worry too much about the money involved, we all see that ... but the rest.
on the 4th August, 2013 at 8:12pm
" Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has claimed Lionel Messi would cost any potential suitor 580 million euros, but insists he is the one player he would not allow to leave Camp Nou. "

Funny he mentions a price before declaring he is not for sale :) So he would "allow" everyone else to leave, thus violating Messi's human rights ... I thought slavery has been abolished some time ago :)
Is Barca a selling club or not?
I'm confused ...
on the 4th August, 2013 at 7:13pm
Thanks Moh.
I rest my case :)
on the 4th August, 2013 at 5:15pm
@Zoli

Ronaldo's transfer is the same as Zidane's. Both players were in form & the best in their respective positions. End of the day, all players has a price, every single player...

With Zidane's transfer, Juventus used the funds to improve other areas of the team and so did United but at a later stage.
on the 4th August, 2013 at 9:43am
Moh, if MU are a buying club then how do you explain Ronaldo, just to name the most recent big ticket event ?

All teams buy and sell. The price is the only thing negotiable. Prestige is just another nostalgia item on the shelf that is 50% off if you buy two.
on the 3rd August, 2013 at 7:51pm
One does not have to look far at the difference between a buying & selling club. Look at the EPL for example, Man Utd is a buying club & Arsenal a selling club. Arsenal sold its best players and relied on young players, and after a few years, sold those young players after they came of age.

Look where Arsenal & United are now, one top of England, the other struggling.
on the 3rd August, 2013 at 7:28pm
Giuseppe, please explain to me like I'm a five year old, what dots are you trying to connect ?
on the 3rd August, 2013 at 1:22am
@ Marc F... it's easy to forget the fact that Milan was also punished during Calciopoli, isn't it? Also think about the following: back in 2006 Milan's owner was the prime minister of Italy who owned also majority of the media, and Milan's vice president was also the president of Serie A. Interesting. THE END
on the 2nd August, 2013 at 8:09pm
@Boss.. OOOOhhh you and Mustafa, Internet tough guys... You must be a real man calling everyone names... LOL... Just remember, Milan never had to buy officials to win Championships... THE END my what was it that you called me?? SKID FRIEND LOL...
on the 29th July, 2013 at 1:15pm
@Zoli

Could have put it any better myself. :)
on the 29th July, 2013 at 12:07pm
Not investing, allows their current young crop to develop, but they WILL NOT be title contenders this season. Milan are lucky that Mario is a fan and was able to join their ranks, as he lifts the burden of pressure.

This is very much a work in progress for Milan, and it will be nice to see them do well, considering their Azzurri spine. Still, their free xfer sale of Pirlo tells us that their are loose screws in the decision making process.

Sometimes you have to go back, to go forward.
on the 28th July, 2013 at 8:34am
Well Dino Al, there's your lesson in management and economics :)
I yet have to see one but apparently there are teams who buy and sell just to hang themselves and be done with the misery - probably they're just not ambitious enough :)

Yes, the Milan-Juve games were far from lob-sided but unfortunately we weren't there for the first half of the season and that killed us. Let's hope we don't shoot ourselves in the foot again.

Just saw De Jong's screamer at Mestalla. Yes! :)
on the 27th July, 2013 at 11:31pm
Dino al, not every team buys and sells to improve. Milan sell their best players. Juve keep their best players. Yes juve have been unable to offload certain players and may have made a loss but juve have gotten good use out of some of those players. Also juve have their own stadium and win the league and can spend more.

If you are an ambitious club, you do not sell your best players. If you do you send out the message 2 your own team and others that you just really need some money
on the 27th July, 2013 at 9:19pm
Anonymous, depending on where your information comes from in terms of economics, some argue the recession is over. Irrespective of that, Milan have received a large amount of cash yet do not invest a lot of it into the club. Juve and Napoli spend money so what is hampering Milan. Does the recession only effect Milan then?
on the 27th July, 2013 at 9:10pm
Arash, yes it is my own personal experience, i was the guy that poached the damsels off the loser. You should see your GP if you have A rash.

Skid Marc F, i like how you try to make yourself feel better about Milan by using injuries as an excuse. It is not juve's fault Milan suffer injuries. All teams do but they don't use i as an excuse. Why is it that Milan struggle so much to beat juve head to head. Juve are just in another league to Milan
on the 27th July, 2013 at 9:07pm
@kaezzar

You make me laugh. When was the last time juve won CL??? Now be quiete
on the 27th July, 2013 at 8:19pm
The lines that were drawn between selling and non-selling clubs are gone. Kinda long gone.
Offer €300 million for Ibra and he will be shipped gift-wrapped along with the top half of the Eiffel tower to a downtown Doha luxury condo, hot machbous simmering in a golden pot.

Not trying to be a party pooper here, I still love the sport itself but the fact the common denominator is money can't be denied. We just have to learn to adjust to it and I am not having an easy time with that.
on the 27th July, 2013 at 8:12pm
@BOSS

While i understand your point of view and agree that selling Vidal wouldn't have been the right choice. You have to admit all clubs buy and sell in order to improve, that includes Juve. While Milan sells their players including their best as soon as they peak in order to make a profit, Juve on the other hand since their promotion have taken a major financial loss in every sale that they have made. That's why the players i listed previously are examples of doing poor business rather than exceptions.

The other question i have for you and i hope you will give me a straight answer to this question. Milan sold off their best players last season, since they are as you put it a selling club, which would naturally make them much worse than Juve, during all last seasons meetings between Juve and Milan how many times did Juve completely outplay Milan and beaten them my more than 1 Goal
on the 27th July, 2013 at 3:49pm
Boss, you need to realise that your opinions are all based in a fantasy world. In the real world, especially now during this recession, clubs have to act with some financial responsibility and be true to the reality of what they really are - businesses. It's amusing with all your talk of dinosaurs that you are mentally living in the dark ages if you think that football is still about the sport. It's big business operating under the veil of competitive sport.
on the 27th July, 2013 at 12:03pm
No need to buy? What a nuts! They reached UCL with controversy penalty with old fiorentina. With new looked napoli and fiorentina, it's a nonsense if milan need no new signing. Milan defence will face with the like of tevez, higuain, gomez and they still rely on getting older mexes and bonera? lets make no joke. Ah, no need to talk about UCL, it's good thing if they can survive in serie-a only with no buy. From Juve Fan
on the 27th July, 2013 at 4:24am
I think they need a central defender and a DM or two...of course, Mexes could always find that Roma quality and finally mature...De Jong could maybe return to being the guy who didn't have to break people's legs to be good (that guy knew how to trap a ball).

But they should have been looking at Ogbonna...they should have signed him. They should also have pushed for Lassana Diarra again, who is clamoring to leave. And they could use a playmaker like Eriksen or even Diego...maybe Ganso? lol
on the 26th July, 2013 at 2:29pm
@Boss, you seem to forget that Juve struggled mightily for a few years before they reached the top a couple years ago. In fact the only reason why they won the first scudetto in a loooong time was because Milan played with a 45% squad due to all the crazy injuries they had 2 years ago. Juve still only won by a couple points. Had Milan been 100 fit it wouldn't have even been close. Remember that when you bash Milan by saying Juve only finish first because they don't always finish first!
on the 26th July, 2013 at 1:29pm
I am very glad to see Milan's transfer policy and general financial management and hope it sets an example, an awakening to what's called reason and level-headedness. Remember those days?
Yeah, I know ... we may have to nap a while :)

The most economic and purposeful skyscraper is 80 stories tall. Let somebody else build the next Burj Dubai ...
on the 26th July, 2013 at 1:18am
This time last year I felt like Milan is no more but then the next generation grabbed the wheel and saved the season thought to be the worst since sliced bread.

I think firing Allegri would have been a kick in the face after you had all your wisdom-teeth pulled without anesthetic ...

I'm fine with the current squad but agree with those saying the defense is the area that needs most attention.

Maybe we should put Robinho back there to give him a taste of what real work is all about :)
on the 26th July, 2013 at 12:49am
Milan are going to miss the CL next year if they don't make any signings. Juve was 1st and improved, Napoli was 2nd and improved, Fiorentina impoved and an argument can be made about Inter improving. Balotelli? scored 12 goals but 6 were penalties. ES faded once Balo came. Defense is a disgrace and the midfield is mediocre. No CL next season for sure.
on the 25th July, 2013 at 9:55pm
I can't believe the people who are criticizing Berlusconi. You guys must be young or have short memories because he bought us when we were down and out and made us Kings of the World and the greatest club side of the late 80's up to mid 90's. We used to buy the best players, even our bench in the 90's was scary - Papin, Laudrup, Raduciou, Boban etc. Its natural for him to cut his spending after all these years.

All I can say to all your haters is 7 European Cups!!!!

And to Juve fans.2003 OT
on the 25th July, 2013 at 9:25pm

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