AC Milan have spent upwards of £160m on new signings and more are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Renato Sanches is one of a number of players being linked with the European giants.
AC Milan are a club that, considering their storied history, have massively underachieved over the past six seasons, with their last league title coming in 2010/11.
But the Rossoneri faithful’s hopes grew ten fold this spring when a Chinese consortium lead by Yonhhong Li took control of the club after a long drawn out takeover bid.
The new owners promised to spend big and this statement has definitely been backed up so far as the club look to bring together a squad that is capable of emulating the successes of the great AC Milan sides of years gone by.
They have spent their money wisely thus far bringing in players such as the Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriquez from Wofsburg, up-and-coming youngsters Andre Silva and Franck Kessie who will both be key to Milan’s attacking armoury.
Hakan Calhanoglu has joined from Bayer Leverkusen for £17 million. The 23-year-old has caught the eye of clubs all over Europe during his short career so far and he’ll be integral in a creative sense as the midfielder also brings with him his well-renowned ability from set pieces.
Yet the most notable signing so far has to be Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus. The 30-year-old is held in high esteem all across Europe and is one of the best centre backs in the world. He had been a rumoured target for Manchester City but since signing for AC Milan he has been named captain and he will be a vital component of Milan’s attempts to re-establish themselves as one of the best teams in Europe.
The seven time Champions League winners also made a significant statement of intent earlier in the window. Their goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, made a U-turn to decide to stay on at Milan as he put pen-to-paper on a new four-year contract with his childhood club.
The 18-year-old is thought to be the most promising young ‘keeper in world football today and given his tender age, he has much more to show in the years to come as he progresses and he will be a key part of AC Milan’s future if they manage to fend off inevitable interest that will come in for him.
Understandably expectation levels have risen in the eyes of the club’s board and fans given their heavy spending. They will be hoping that they will return to winning trophies regularly which is something that’s been amiss in the past few seasons.
Juventus have completely dominated Italian football recently and have won the Serie A six years running. But given AC Milan’s summer signings so far, the club will be hoping that they put in a serious challenge to break Juventus’ league title winning streak.
AC Milan will play their first European tie of the season against Romanian side CSU Craiova on Thursday in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Should they find their way through to the group stages, they will be one of the favourites to win the trophy and in their first season in Europe since 2013/14, claiming the Europa League trophy should be one of their main aims.
AC Milan defeated Bayern Munich 4-0 in the International Champions Cup yesterday and their fans will certainly be hoping that this resounding victory against such high class opposition is a sign of things to come. We’ll all have to wait to see whether AC Milan’s current optimism can be maintained throughout this upcoming campaign as they look to reap the rewards both domestically and in Europe from their record-breaking spending.
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