MILAN SIGNED three players (plus one who will join in the summer) and waved goodbye to eight men.
The Italian mercato is over: Italian teams can no longer buy players and only can only sell players abroad. It was surely a very interesting and entertaining January market for Serie A teams and for Milan particularly.
Milan picked themselves up in the league and they are in the race for the third place which leads to the Champions League and with the new January signings the tough mission could become a little bit easier.
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— Stephan El Shaarawy (@OfficialEl92) January 31, 2013
This mercato started with a very emotional departure as Alexandre Pato waved goodbye to Milan in favor of a move to Brazilian side Corinthians where he hopes to revive his career. Milan also came close to selling Robinho this month but the move fell through after Santos couldn’t meet Milan’s Binho demands.
Then were the Ignazio Abate to Zenit transfer stories, a move that could’ve been possible had Zenit raised their offer. Later on, Milan announced the capture of Riccardo Saponara, the Empoli attacking midfielder / winger who will join Milan in the summer. There was also a big saga that – again – involved Kaka. Milan tried to bring the Real Madrid man for weeks but just couldn’t agree a deal for Kaka, who wanted to return.
The market really started for Milan on January 25th when they announced the signing of Cristian Zaccardo (swapped for Djamel Mesbah) and a day later they sold Francesco Acerbi to Genoa (Milan owned half of him) in exchange for 50% of Kevin Constant who has been impressive this year.
Then the big signing arrived, as promised by Silvio Berlusconi. Milan negotiated with Manchester City for the troublemaking striker Mario Balotelli. City wanted €37 million for him at the start of the window but Milan managed to sign him for €20 million plus €3 million in performances-related bonuses. Balotelli made the fans go nuts; Balo is the most expensive signing Milan have ever made in January.
Milan signed Bartosz Salamon, another talented Serie B player, from Brescia today to close their mercato. In this months, Milan also loaned out Mattia Valoti, Rodney Strasser and Adria Carmona who did not get playing time under Massimiliano Allegri this season and sold 4th choice goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola.
The market is always a fun time for the fans but now the competition continues and it’s getting harder for Milan who still have to face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter final in about 20 days.
|Cristian Zaccardo (31, defender, Parma, swapped)||Alexandre Pato (23, forward, Corinthians, €15m)|
|Riccardo Saponara (21, midfielder, Empoli, €4m)||Djamel Mesbah (28, defender, Parma, swapped)|
|Mario Balotelli (22, forward, Manchester City €20 million)||Rodney Strasser (22, midfielder, Parma, loan)|
|Bartosz Salamon (21, defender, Brescia, €3.5m)||Mattia Valoti (19, midfielder, Albinoleffe, loan)|
|Francesco Acerbi (24, defender, Genoa, swapped)|
|Ferdinando Coppola (34, goalkeeper, Torino, undisclosed)|
|Urby Emanuelson (26, midfielder, Fulham, loan)|
|Adria Carmona (20, midfielder, Real Zaragoza, loan)|
* Riccardo Saponara will join Milan in the summer.
* Real Zaragoza have an option to buy Adria Carmona out for €1 million.
* Francesco Acerbi moved to Chievo but Milan originally gave him to Genoa.