AC Milan’s Corner: 2010-11 Transfer Round-Up

Every action that AC Milan Football Club undertakes is a class apart from the other clubs in Europe. However, after Kaka’s departure to Madrid, all the Milan Ultras would beg to differ from this. In the previous season, the Rossoneri were virtually invisible in the transfer market, apart from the Ronaldinho signing and some leftovers. Milan was supposedly in debt, and that was the justification for not getting any big players.

Expectations were high in the beginning of the transfer window this summer, when Galliani had announced that Milan’s debt had reduced to €9.8 million.

The transfer window in its initial stages didn’t look too exciting for a Milan fan. Meanwhile, Galliani and Berlusconi were getting hammered by the Tifosi for not showing any interest in the resurrection of the club. It was only during the latter half of August, when a conference by Massimiliano Allegri indicated that Milan will be making some moves sooner than later. That’s when ‘good things in the transfer market’ started, and the rest, as they, is history.

ARRIVALS:

1.  Kevin-Prince Boateng (From Genoa):

This is one move which has ensured that the reputation that Galliani carried for being the right hand of Silvio Berlusconi is never doubted. Genoa had signed Boateng from Portsmouth for approximately €5.5 million after being impressed by his good performance against Tottenham, which took Pompey to the last season’s FA Cup Final. Mr G needs to be admired for understanding how he could lure Genoa for loaning him to Milan in a deal, which gives the Diavolo an option to buy him at the end of the season, and of course gives the Rossoblu a chance to make some more profit. Milan would certainly hope that the German born Ghanaian midfielder does not become the epicenter of controversies, like his “accidental” tackle to Michael Ballack, which jeopardized the German star’s World cup Campaign.

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In the news for all the wrong reasons??

2.  Zlatan Ibrahimovic (From Barcelona):

All the rumours surrounding the lanky Swede’s move to the seven time European Champions were aggravated, when Galliani was in Barcelona to negotiate for the 192cm tall Ex- Inter forward on the eve of  Joan Gamper Trophy, held on the 25th August at the Camp Nou. Barcelona, in a move only they could afford after building up a world class outfit, signed on an one year loan deal, giving Milan an option to buy Ibrahimovic in the next summer for a proposed €24 million. Even here, Galliani needs some praise for his ability to negotiate.  The Swede was transferred to the Catalan club from the Nerazzuri in a swap deal that saw Inter acquire the services of Samuel Eto’o and an additional €46 million; the deal was estimated to be around €66 million. It was quite evident from the troubled relationship between Pep Guardiola and Ibrahimovic, that the Swede would be regarded as “surplus” in true Barca fashion. This was the best opportunity to strike a budget deal, which also saw a significant wage cut for the tall Swede. Ibrahimovic is expected to benefit from the top notch precision lobs and inexplicable crosses from the majestic #21 Andrea Pirlo, who seems to be back at his best considering his recent performance against the hapless Lecce. There is one thing that Milan need not worry about- “scoring goals”.

Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic smiles during a presentation during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Lecce at the San Siro stadium in Milan August 29, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
The superstar welcome at San Siro

3.  Robinho (From Manchester City):

While the world was going crazy with Ibracadabra finding all the headlines, Berlusconi and Galliani were working on a backup plan, just in case there was no deal with Barcelona. There was this bad boy, who was potentially presenting himself capable of playing for four different clubs in two seasons. Robinho had to be released by Manchester City and money was never an issue with the sheikhs anyways, so Berlusconi had to throw his final dice with Galliani on the transfer deadline. Robinho signed the paperwork for a speculated fee of €18 million, which is a bargain for someone of his calibre, considering City had spent more than twice to get him from Spain. Berlusconi termed it as a gift to Milan. Since that day, the Ultras are rejoicing. With Pato on the right, he can add the much needed speed and “chemistry” from the left. It remains to be seen how Allegri uses this option of Robinho on the left wing. Hopefully, the manager and the player will have the mutual respect intact, otherwise having so many attacking options could soon become the biggest problem for Milan.

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God keep him motivated

DEPARTURES:

1. Kakha Kaladze (To Genoa):

The Georgian Captain ended his last few years of misery at AC Milan by making a move to Genoa. He had made just 26 appearances for Milan in the previous two seasons. Apart from being injured through most of the season, his defensive sense had taken a beating, which was amplified in the way Ibra and co. defeated the Rossoneri in the all important Derby della Madonnina in 2008-09. Even his guest appearances were costing Milan a lot, and this is a move that would not hurt anyone but possibly Genoa. He joined the Rossoblu for an undisclosed fee in a bid to get first team action. Definitely a good reason for Milan fans to party harder.

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Good riddance??

2. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (To Schalke)

Supposedly a “Klass” signing, who was being looked at as the one who could end Milan’s goal drought, Hunter came, sat on the bench, and went without anyone even noticing him. He fulfilled the backup role during his tenure with Milan. he could have been used as a target man but he was another one of the many “would be superstars” that didn’t get enough first team action. He has been offloaded to the German club for an undisclosed fee.

OUT ON LOAN:

1. Marco Borriello (To AS Roma):

With the arrival of Ibrahimovic and Robinho it was quite evident that the list of casualties will increase as Milan was looking to offload on a large scale. Borriello was deemed as a surplus and when the deal with Juventus broke down he finally signed with Roma who have been given an option to buy him for €10 million by next summer.

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Hoping for some first team action

2. Dominic Adiyiah (To Reggina):

This talented Ghanaian striker never put his foot on the field with a Milan jersey. This can be called as another mismanaged youngster but at the end of the day he also turned out be another brick in the wall. In his starting days at the San Siro, he was called up for International duty for the African Nations Cup but he returned, he never got the chance to prove himself in front of Leonardo.

THT VERDICT:

Apart from the fans, Milan has undoubtedly exceeded “their” expectations. In a time when Clubs spend like “oil tycoons” in a bid to develop a team consisting of world beaters, the Rossoneri have managed to sign good players at the right time with a good bargain. The team balance has been maintained with a mix of creativity, experience, brilliance and speed. There’s little doubt that Milan can be called serious contenders for the Serie A and the Champions League with the second best attack line in Europe (read Barcelona). Having said that, three options for two is not always a luxury to enjoy especially if all the options are established super stars. Milan has been lately accused of being a mismanaged club and creating a mutual respect and understanding will be of utmost importance for the new big boss Allegri.

  • Dinar

    But we have given co-ownership of Strasser & other two to Genoa for Boateng. Nonetheless lad has a good ball control. Ibra is a dream signing, is a full cake with Binho being icing on it 😀
    All in all, considering past few seasons this year has been ‘great’ with transfers.

    We just need one world class FB and a good offensive midfielder now. Since Seedorf, Pirlo & Ambro aren’t getting any better and needs to be phased out. :-(
    Gimme Andrea Poli for Pirlo 😛 as Strasser and Merkel can phase out Ambro & Seedorf.

    Hail Uncle Fester and El Senor Silvio :-)

  • Dinar

    ohh sorry, my bad. Its Beretta’s co-ownership for Prince and Strasser, Zigoni & Odu for Sokratis’ signing.

  • redNblack_blood

    u forgot the arrival of 22 year old defender Bruno on loan from river plate (uruguay)

  • Happy Chap!!

    Ibrahamovic is the most over rated forward. His records in big matches is poor to say the least. Mourinho made the most of him by building a treble winning side with the money from his sale. Barca coach was a fool to say the least by agreeing to such a deal in the first place.

  • Somnath

    Ibra has a proven record in Serie A. To win the league you dont need to win the big games. Beating the small teams would do. And Ibra usually gobbles up mid-table teams. This is the best deal of last window…

  • LordAnonymous

    Bruno sucks balls. I would be surprised if he even plays our coppa italia matches. A fact confirmed when Oddo was picked ahead of him by allegri in our UCL squad. And i know its not because Oddo has more experience. Best not to mention him.

    Now the question is how exactly will allegri play. He has a pretty deep team at his disposal. Anything less than a scudetto and topping Group G in UCL will be considered a failure.

  • Parth Pandya

    I agree with most of the points mentioned here. I feel that Milan have some genuine concern in their defence where they do not possess any energetic full back in their ranks. The reserves too do not make it a formidable bench. Most of the teams in Serie A still play a midfield driven game, possess the top quality midfielders and attack from tier-to-tier. A fit Allesandro Nesta partnered by Thiago Silva is a highly effective combination in the centre to deal with this kind of attack.
    The problem arises while contesting in Europe. Many of the English sides have designed a system where they tend to exhibit a flan-driven attack where wingers play a crucial role. In my views, to cut wingers like Messi, Robben or Valencia, a team needs to have at least one quality wing-back where Milan probably lack. Having said that, with proper fitness and mental capacity Bonera, Oddo and Zambrotta are quality full backs to deal with all the teams playing a conventional game but when things go to crack the modern game, the only hope Rossonerri have in is Sokratis. He may be nurtured into an out and out full back who may play a little up front than the traditional position but as already mentioned in the article, I wont be surprised to see Criscito being availed on loan in the winter transfer window.

    Do check my thorough analysis of AC Milan’s structure going into this season on
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/450851-ac-milan-can-the-combination-of-robinho-ibrahimovic-ronaldinho-pato-deliver

    I would await some exciting responses.

  • redNblack_blood

    @LordAnonymous- he can suck whatever he wants to that’s your opinion but the fact the you have followed him in the Uruguayan league and have come to this conclusion is highly commendable as most of the people hardly knew about him before he joined the rossoneri. I only mentioned his name cause the author forgot to mention his name in the list . Now i have never seen him play but since he has made it to the list of 25 probables i think he might feature in coppa italia.
    Oddo been picked ahead of bruno came as a surprise to me as well but the kid is new so that could be one of the reasons for his exclusion from UCL squad. I would rather watch him play a little before passing a judgement on him. What is Oddo doing in a Milan jersey i can’t understand frankly, he should have been shipped away with Kaladze.
    Also we will be signing Uruguayan Youngster Sebastian Coates In January he is 19 is nearly 6’4 and is tipped by many as the new “Lucio”

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