2012 Summer Mercato comes to an end


MILAN HAVE signed 10 players this mercato but also waved goodbye to a big amount of players.

The market is now officially over and Milan did not make any move on the last day of the transfer market, finishing their mercato with the signing of Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong from Manchester City.

The mercato started slow for the Rossoneri who took their time and some transfers in the last week of the window, capturing Giampaolo Pazzini, M’Baye Niang and Bojan Krkic to complete the strikers department.

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Milan opened the mercato with two Bosman signings in Riccardo Montolivo and Bakaye Traoré and also captured Gabriel. Kevin Constant arrived on loan after the injury of Sulley Muntari and Francesco Acerbi came to strengthen the defense with Cristian Zapata. Pazzini, Niang, Krkic and De Jong all arrived late.

Didac Vila came back from loan and is now remaining, though Milan were trying to sell him off. In the departures department you can find bigger names compared to those who arrived in this mercato: Sandro Nesta, Rino Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Flavio Roma, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mark Van Bommel all left with expiring deals while Milan did not use their option on Alberto Aquilani and Maxi Lopez and sold off Merkel.

The Rossoneri also sold three of their best players this summer, as Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic left first to join Paris Saint-Germain in a €62 million deal, and an unhappy Antonio Cassano left for Inter in the striker Giampaolo Pazzini deal as Milan had to add €7 million to the deal to complete this swap deal.

Possible Milan line-up considering the current injuries, according to this morning’s La Gazzetta dello Sport (screenshot)

Milan of course also loaned out some players but they were never considered real first-team members (Edoardo Pazzagli, Michelangelo Albertazzi for instance) and signed Sulley Muntari after his Inter deal expires but that doesn’t really count as a new signing. Milan completed an above average transfer market as they sold their two best players to Paris Saint-Germain but brought new names to start the new era.

Milan surprisingly didn’t move on the last day as they were expected to make a left-back signing. The reason they didn’t make any signing appears to be Djamel Mesbah. Milan were keen to sell him but the player rejected all the proposed moves during the summer. Milan were considering Antonelli and Peluso.

Milan did not bring Kaka or any real big name in July-August. The two non-EU spots were spent on Gabriel and Zapata and Massimiliano Allegri can now focus on the players he has at his disposal and work hard.

Gabriel (19, Goalkeeper, from Cruziero for €0.5m)Maxi Lopez (Striker)
Francesco Acerbi (24, Defender, from Genoa for €4m)Clarence Seedorf (Midfielder)
Riccardo Montolivo (27, Midfielder, free agent)Alessandro Nesta (Defender)
Kevin Constant* (25, Midfielder, from Genoa on loan)Gennaro Gattuso (Midfielder)
Bakaye Traoré (27, Midfielder, free agent)Mark Van Bommel (Midfielder)
Cristian Zapata* (25, Defender, from Villarreal on loan for €0.4m)Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder)
Giampaolo Pazzini (28, Striker, from Inter for €7m plus Cassano)Gianluca Zambrotta (Defender)
M'Baye Niang (17, Striker, from Caen for €2m)Filippo Inzaghi (Striker)
Bojan Krkic* (22, Striker from Roma on loan)Thiago Silva (Defender)
Nigel De Jong (27, Midfielder, from Man City for €4m)Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Striker)
Antonio Cassano (Striker)

* Milan have a buy-out option for fixed prices on these players.

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We are getting mbiwa in jan or summer and maybe strootman from netherlands , we need to play 4 3 3 i agree on that because right now thats the formation thats fits are players… we can also play 4-2-3-1
Abate-Zapata-Acerbi-Didac Vila
De Jong-Montolivo
Boateng(rm) el sharawy(cam) bojan or robinho(LM)


this has been a disappointing transfer campain for most milan fans. The main reason is that the team did not buy any stars or ‘champions’ like we’re used to. But if we had a management team that was rational, it should have known that this time would come when milan doesn’t have anything to spend. Just 10 years ago we were miles richer than barcelona and bayen munich, but some how they found solutions to help them optimize their revenues: appointing new management teams, investing in the youth, owning stadiums are some of the solutions they came up with, while… Read more »


i agree with almost everything you said, except: galliani’s forte is actually making low-cost signings (nocerino, de jong, cas*sano, van bommel), but i agree that we do need better scouts. did you know that kaka was actually scouted by brescia a year before he came to Milan? he would have even been bought by them if his club hadn’t decided to double his price at the last minute. and about the promoted players, the actual words were 2 youngsters – we just assumed they would be primavera players. we have niang and carmona, + valoti if you want to count… Read more »


Yep..and the names for next transfer window has started again. As though the dissapointment of this one is not enough. And don’t blame the poor guy if he says goodbye and then you automatically assume he is a glory hunter.were the fans who returned the tickets for refund also glory hunters?everybody has limits. Afterall football is not a religion and even people swap religions all the time


Last week was incredible. Specially the capture of Pazzini, Niang and Bojan. Just can’t wait to see Bojan playing in Milan colors tomorrow. To add to it Nigel De Jong was the icing on the cake. Forza Milan!!!


better see kaka back, than see boateng play as trequartista 🙂


We have the players to win a scudetto, but we lack proper tactics. I am dissapointed in Allegri, he is stubborn and willing to lose to prove a point, this is unacceptable. We have the personel to mirror Barcelona’s formation, we may not be as technically gifted as Barca, but we are a H of a lot tougher, when we get healthy: ————-Abbiati——— –Abate–Zapata–Mexes–Villa– ————-De Jong———— ——-Nocerino–Montolivo—– Bojan———Pato———Binho Outside backs can get forward, tough midfield w/emphasis on getting Monti the ball, creative frontline. Binho/Bojan provide width unless Pato drops into the hole in which case they get forward. In other… Read more »


lol if you believe we can play like barca, you’re living in an illusion. barca’s formation only works because all their players are technically gifted. so, because we are not as technically gifted as barca, we simply can’t mirror their formation and hope for anything good to come out of it. i mean, come on, all their midfielders and wingers and forwards are technically good. we only have binho and monty and maybe emanuelson, bojan, el shaarawy


I actually think we did a pretty good transfer market overall. I’m pretty disappointed Kaka didn’t join us, I really thought he would… and a left back, but Mesbah ruined everything about our left backs and I hope he doesn’t get to play at all, hopefully this will open up a chance for Didac! But our team is good if you look at it, as long as Allegri stops playing with Yepes and Bonera in central defence. Our line-up, when fit (how I would probably play): Abbiati-Abate-Mexes-Acerbi/Zapata-Antonini/Didac-Prince-De Jong-Montolivo-Robinho-Pato-Pazzini What do you guys think? And of course we have De Sciglio… Read more »


why on earth allegri still choose bonera as our main CB… he’s no good… we have zapata and acerbi.. which i think better, faster and stronger..

i’m sorry but i think this season will not end up nice for milan, it wont be long until allegri will be fired…

and come along ….. PEP GUARDIOLLA ……

forza Milan


Fadil Maldini Indonesian

Monty—De Jong—Prince

And our squad will be younger.

gang chomba

boateng is from relegation Portsmouth…But now he is our engen.
So let us wait n see for Constant, Traole, Pazzini and our new arrival…

big v

Well whatever you guys say. While you guys debate each other, I’m going to watch milan. This season gonna be interesting and as one of milan fan let’s just shut up and watch the show. Cause we cannot predict the future.


the best formation for me: abbiati/gabriel,abate, zapata, acerbi, de sciglio, de jong, montolivo, nocerino, boateng, bojan, pazzini


our midfield is strong so it would be nice this season…..


the backlines are not solid enough, the midfielders are average, the attacking midfielder and strikers are clueless.

tunde shittu

am ok, d sales of ibra, now method will change, most expecially robinho injuries, now dat d transfer market has close, we have to wait to d next tranfer market, we still need a sharp striker.


My only concern in the defence. Our midfield is the strongest while our attack will take shape gradually but our defence???? no way. Milan tried to fix the left back yesterday but mesbah frustrated the whole effort by opting not to leave


before this janku refuse to leave (who believe he can give more)
this summer mesbah has do the same (he think he deserve play milan level) poor him
next summer i fear traore will do the same.

may god bless u GAlliani


Let’s just wait ok this team is goin through revolution and that takes time, just look at poor Chelsea spending large amounts of money this summer and what? Madrid ripped them apart last night and who do they have except Falcao? Milan will get there but it’s a slow process. Mbiwa and Yarmolenko will join us and maybe Strootman, G.Rossi if Robinho leaves. We’ll get there just be patient. And for all u saying Guardiola should come… I want to watch good football without falling asleep. If anyone deserves a chance it’s Ta*ssotti!


it true…most milan fan live on the past..kaka already 30 just let him go. when milan buy old player still complain but when milan purchase bojan (young) then they wanted the old kaka..mourinho not stupid to put a 69 milion on the bench unless something wrong with player. other option like dembele,witsel,carzola,ganso and most suprise reus (as no one after him) but he play soo good at dortmund now..for sure all this name will not come cheap after this year and all missing trough milan fingers just like that. the renewal of flamini and free agent traore doesnt need it..it… Read more »


What Galliani said about the only business being done in the last week of the transfer window is the biggest load of BS I’ve ever heard, also that we should be grateful to Berlusconi?? We sold 65m worth and signed 17m worth! Any set of fans would be furious


the excess was used to cover up for our losses, so we won’t be violating ffp rules.