Galliani confirms Cragno’s Monza medical and makes Donnarumma admission

epa05923523 Former Milan CEO Adriano Galliani greets fans during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Empoli FC at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 23 April 2017. EPA/MATTEO BAZZI

Adriano Galliani confirms Alessio Cragno will have his medical with Monza today and admits he was sad when Gigio Donnarumma left Milan a year ago.

Monza have gained promotion to Serie A for the first time in history and Galliani has already completed two important signings to strengthen the team for next season. Former Inter captain Andrea Ranocchia has completed a free transfer, while Italy international Cragno will have his medical today.

The newly-promoted side are ambitious and have set their sights on several players with plenty of Serie A experience.

President Silvio Berlusconi said last month that Monza would aim for Europe next season, but Galliani sets a more realistic target for the Biancorossi.

“Our target is to gain survival. What I tell everyone is: ‘It took 110 years for us to come to Serie A, I don’t want to be relegated after just one season,” Galliani told Radio Rai on Monday morning.

“We have signed Ranocchia permanently and Cragno will undergo his medicals today. Andrea Pinamonti and Joao Pedro are difficult targets because of their costs, but we want to have an Italian base.

“We have a problem with lists because the club hasn’t played in Serie B for 20 years, so there is only one player raised in the club’s academy, Matteo Pessina, who is also difficult to sign because of his price.”

Galliani won several trophies at Milan before leaving when Silvio Berlusconi sold the club in 2017. “The Rossoneri are in my heart and it’s difficult for President Berlusconi and me to see them as opponents,” he said.

“I have my seat at the Stadio Meazza and I’ve told Paolo Maldini that I want to sit there, not with the opposing teams.

“I was sorry when Donnarumma left Milan, but not for the choice of Mike Maignan, who I knew was a great keeper. I had signed Donnarumma when he was a kid and I was really sad [when he left]. I wish him the best for the future.”

The Italy star had made his senior Milan debut aged 16 under Sinisa Mihajlovic and joined PSG as a free agent a year ago.

 

3 Comments on “Galliani confirms Cragno’s Monza medical and makes Donnarumma admission”

  1. Cragno seems a bit of a coup for Monza.
    Pretty impressive signing.
    He’s good enough for some of the bigger clubs.

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