Official: Antonelli joins Milan from Genoa on a 3.5-year deal

GENOA, ITALY - DECEMBER 14: Luca Antonelli of Genoa CFC gestures during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and AS Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on December 14, 2014 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Antonelli during the match Genoa-Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on December 14, 2014. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Luca Antonelli has returned to the place where he grew up and has arrived to reinforce Inzaghi’s left flank.

An agreement was reached with Genoa earlier this week and the 28-year-old did all the medical check-ups and today he signed the contract. Anontelli comes to Milan on loan with a forced buy-out clause set at a reported €4.5 million.

“Luca Antonelli has signed a contract with AC Milan until the 30th of June 2018,” a statement on Milan’s website reads. “After signing a contract with Milan, Luca Antonelli then visited the Casa Milan Store and the Mondo Milan Museum. The Italian defender has chosen to wear the no. 31 jersey. At the museum Antonelli also took some time to pose for photos with the fans. He was also eager to visit the section of the museum reserved to Milan’s tenth Scudetto triumph which featured his father Roberto.”

Antonelli, who grew up at Milan’s youth sector and whose father played for the Rossoneri in the 1970s, spoke to the Milan Channel this week, expressing his delight in finally wearing red and black:

“I am really happy. As soon as I knew about the end of the negotiations, I was truly happy. I have to thank Genoa (he was their captain) for giving me this opportunity and I will now give 110% for this shirt. Milan was the only club I would have left Genoa for. The occasion arrived and I took it right away.

“Every year there were rumours about a return, I was though very happy at Genoa. I’ve spoken to Zaccardo who I’ve known from my days at Parma. He wished me good luck and I will see him. This season I’ve played 19 out of 20 matches, so I am more than ready to play. Then the coach will decide.

“New players have joined and a bit of enthusiasm has returned. We all have to give that little bit extra to try and reach the higher positions in the league table. I hope I can do well out on the left, but there are lots of other players like De Sciglio. We shall now see but the coach will decide who to play.”

Meanwhile, Gabriel Paletta is currently undergoing the medical check-ups at Milan and will complete his transfer to the Rossoneri later on this transfer deadline day.

Bentornato Luca!

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Shams Arafat

A fantastic deal. Welcome to AC milan.


Let’s hope he actualy performs up to standard. Welcome to Milan.


Welcome back Antonelli!

Pa Ibra

should’ve gone for santon instead.

Black Milanista

Paletta is also about to join he’s currently undergoin his medical. B4 Criticising them both let’s hope for the best guys, if they both can keep Mexes and Bonera from starting I’ll consider these moves right. Besides Berlusconi stated he wanted a more Italian Milan, so these moves aren’t by guess. I’m hoping for the best from now untill the end of the season, with a few errors from other teams and luck for us we can at least make 4th place.


after signing Paletta we’ll need young but solid player in defense N’Koulou, Veltman, Ranocchia or Schar. i would go after Lille duo Mavuba who’s great CDM and right back Corchia. instead of Mavuba we can also get Khedira for free in the summer, Baselli from Atalanta or Gonalons from Lyon. an alternative for right back position might be Torino’s Bruno Peres or Atalanata’s Zappacosta, these 3 right backs also will come in handy as they can play in midfield as well. Pazzini will be replaced by Niang and for some kind of reason i think he will grow in these… Read more »


really would love to hear your opinions and options tactical and transfer geniuses.


Can you stop dreaming ?,, Wake up!!, wake up!!


Let’s hope defence improves

Pa Ibra

Rami, Palletta, bonera, zapata, alex, zacca, bocchetti, mexes. the first time I ever saw 9 first team centerbacks in the same team. and their directors are wandering why the wage bill is too high.


Excatly what I was thinking. I don’t see any use in paletta. With so many CB, one more is really too much. If he is going to play before all of these mentioned above, why didn’t we sold some of them?If he is just a backup, then its plain stuip, we have plenty of backups in the long run.


There were rumours of a mass exodus in the summer..we will have to wait and watch.


Good signing… Inzaghi.. Now you’ve got all you want (Cerci, Suso, Antonelli, Destro, Palleta, Bochetti) All players you demanded.. No more excuses for failure, you’ve got to give us the positive results, we should start seeing some football worth watching for 90 minutes. You can’t complain about this team even though we are not as solid as Juve or Roma, but with this squad at least 4th/5th place is a must. At least..! I now have a favorite player in this new Milan and his name is.. DIEGO RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ. Reminds me so much of the shinning days of Dida.


According to Sky.. Milan are in for Lodi and Baselli but want Baselli more… In another news, Essien rejected a transfer to Al Sadd, Baselli’s arrival somewhat depends on him. Hmmm.


essien will hog that shirt and refuse to leave… he’s collecting good pay. i would do the same for 3m!! he should never have been signed. that is what happens when you desperately buy players that you actually do not need. imagine: Seedorf reportedly asked for him.
anyways, still he has a change of mind and leaves to some club where he will warm the bench comfortably.



And more good news — Matri’s reunited with his lover at Juventus. : )


LOL – it’s funny how Allergies keeps taking his boy with him wherever he goes LOL


I don’t know about investing in youngsters but they’re definitely trying to make the team more Italian. Now if we just could add some Brazilian flair like the good old days …

I miss Kevin Constant

if you want flair like the old glory days wouldn’t you prefer Dutch players ?


I think Paletta was brought to replace the injured Zapata,Bonera and Mexes who is serving a 4 match ban.Before Boccheti came we had only Rami and Alex to play at the CB.So a replacement is obviously needed. I pray Bonera won’t be offered a contract extension so he can walk away with Mexes in the summer when Munoz will join us and then hopefully Zapata leaves also. Milan already have an agreement with Baselli,just waiting for Atalanta to accept a €0.5m loan offer with a €5m buyout clause. Abate is out for 2 weeks,Destro suspended for the Juve clash in… Read more »


Why is destro suspended?


2 things 1 said before, gonna say it again, 1. If menez is selfish let him be, he’s d only 1finding the back of the nets 2. Pazzini will leave n another forward will arrive today


If Galliani pulls off baselli as well this would be a great mercato. Just have to focus on getting rid of the dead weight in the summer

Khaleed SM Babura

WTF santon to inter


Bentornato Luca! This can be one of our best signings, but lets see how he performs, has been one of the most solid left backs in serie A the last couple of seasons. Wish Luca all the best! I’m not very convinced about Paletta as he was great last season but he reminds me of Acerbi… Feels like a mid table player, and we need another fast centre back like Munoz,. Paletta isnt better than Alex, Rami or Mexes for that matter and they are all probably faster… Anyways, i hear we are after Baselli, and if we could sign… Read more »


Yea I feel the same. I never really liked paletta but I hope he impresses. And I read that the baselli deal collapsed unfortunately. Maybe we can get him on the summer


We seem to be on the same wavelength as always on this one brother haha! Yeah i heard that too…maybe its better if he joins in the summer, too many players now, he will get more time to gel if he joins in the Summer and a proper pre season workout!

I miss Kevin Constant

the evolution of the LB position correlated with AC Milan’s success, Maldini – Sergigno – Constant – Abate now Antonelli – let’s see if it can get better for you guys !


I’m quite happy with the Antonelli signing, but why both Bochetti and Palleta?? Bochetti has barely played in years and Palleta is plain awful. Signing just Bochetti as a back up I can accept but Paletta is just signing a player for the sake of it, showing zero planning again.


I still want Taarabt. I feel he is a similar player to Menez and SES, but is less selfish than Menez and less injury prone than SES. Would be great to have as a backup and he is willing to cut his wages.


Taraab already joined a club i think hes already playing in asia


Destro picked up a yellow card against Parma,maybe he already had 4 yellow cards at Roma prior to his move to Milanello.A total of 5 yellow cards,I guess that’s why he’s suspended for the Juve clash.


We should sell Essien, Pazzini, Albertazzi, Armero and Zaccardo.