With PSG trying to poach Renato Sanches from LOSC, and the lack of Paolo Maldini’s contract signature, the concerns are growing amongst Milan fans at the strategy going forward.
They are the reigning champions of Italy and will therefore be top seeds in the Champions League group phase draw.
The takeover from RedBird also fuelled hopes the club would pump money into the transfer market to raise the level of the squad.
However, that takeover won’t be completed until September, at which point the transfer window will have shut, and for the moment Elliott Management will continue to set the budget.
That is proving to be a problem, as Milan are offering approximately half the asking price for LOSC players Renato Sanches and Sven Botman, allowing PSG and Newcastle United respectively to intercept.
This is confirmed by Milan transfer expert Daniele Longo, who warns Milan directors are not being given the go-ahead to close deals they have been working on for six months.
That is also what is behind the delay in Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara signing their new contracts, because they are only tied to the club until June 30.
Inevitably, one looks back to the interview Maldini gave to La Gazzetta dello Sport last month, warning he was not prepared to continue if the strategy was to simply float along.
“What we need now is the club wanting to open up a new era. With a strategic vision, Milan could next season compete with the biggest clubs.
“However, if we were to choose a vision of maintaining our current level, without investment, without an idea worthy of Milan, we would remain in limbo among the top six or seven sides in Italy, hoping to maybe win the Scudetto again and qualify for the Champions League.
“This is the moment that the owners, Elliott or whoever could arrive, need to realise this three-year project is complete and figure out what strategy they want for the future.
“With two or three important signings, and the consolidation of the players we have, we can compete for something bigger in the Champions League.”
🚨 Questione Sanches-Milan: l’accordo con il giocatore blindato da settimane, intesa sulle cifre con il Lille anche era stata trovata ( raccontata da @cmdotcom e molti altri media 🇮🇹). Se poi non arriva l’ok a procedere si corrono dei rischi. Fonti francesi parlano di Psg ( seg)
— Daniele Longo (@86_longo) June 18, 2022