Adriano Galliani and the club are already planning next year and they want to reduce the number of squad players (like every year) but there are many uncertain things, including Destro, it’s reported today.
This season is shaping up to be just as bad (if not worse) than the last year in which Milan finished in 8th place as the Diavolo are unlikely to be in any sort of European competition next term, again.
In the summer of 2014 Milan made 12 buys and waved goodbye to 18 men, starting from scratch again. The fans are tired of Year Zero which has been going on for three years but in this summer a new revolution is expected and La Gazzetta dello Sport gave some information about Milan’s plans.
The first thing that should be decided is the coach. It’s increasingly unlikely that Pippo Inzaghi will stay at Milan past this season as he has failed to deliver results and seems to have lost the backing of both the dressing room and most importantly club President Silvio Berlusconi. Milan have already been linked with the likes of Montella, Spalletti, Conte and even Sabella. Inzaghi will have to finish in a Europa League spot to get a confirmation and while it’s still possible, it remains improbable.
The squad needs overhauling too and Milan have 7 players with expiring contracts. Gazzetta expects Abate to renew while there is a good chance for Bonera and Abbiati. However, De Jong, Pazzini, Mexes and Essien are apparently on the way out, as are Van Ginkel (returns to Chelsea) and Armero (his loan ends). Milan will also have to decide if they want to buy out Bocchetti and Destro and Gazzetta claims that Mattia’s future will be decided when they pick a coach as it’d take a great financial investment (€16m is quite a bit in these tough days for Milan) to redeem him.
The list of uncertainties, according to the pink paper, also includes the unconvincing Alex, Rami and Zapata and their respective futures will be evaluated at the end of the season. The places of the unutilized Mastour and Suso in next year’s squad are also not confirmed as is the place of El Shaarawy, who has barely played any matches over the past two years due to injuries.
Milan will also try to sell Agazzi, Zaccardo and Muntari as they surplus to requirements and are not in line in terms of behaviour with the Milan way (captain Sulley). Obviously it will be hard to find buyers for these players who have either barely been used or have been underwhelming.
The core of the team will consist of the Italians with the likes of Montolivo, Poli, Paletta, Antonelli, Bonaventura, De Sciglio (linked with Real Madrid / Barcelona) and Cerci expected to stay (& Baselli likely to be signed in the summer), and of foreign players like Menez, Honda and Diego Lopez. Milan will also have a host of players returning from various loan deals this summer.
It’s clear that Milan have to do better next season and fight for a Champions League spot but once again it’d be hard to imagine that Berlusconi will dig in his pockets and invest in big players.