Milan have only paid more money for two players in their history than what they’re going to pay for Porto’s Jackson.
Milan have in recent years settled for free agents and low cost solutions but this summer they seem to be willing to dig in their pockets and have already grabbed Jackson Martinez from Porto for whom they will be paying €35 million.
Porto were unwilling to accept anything less than the release clause and this would make the 28-year-old striker Milan’s third most expensive signing ever.
Here are the top five, according to data from La Gazzetta dello Sport’s online version.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona) / Alberto Gilardino (Parma) – €24m
Milan signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona on the 30th of August 2010 initially on loan with obligation to buy the following summer for an agreed sum of €24 million. It’s the same amount that they paid Parma for the services of Alberto Gilardino in the year of 2005.
4. Alessandro Nesta (Lazio) – €31m
The defender, who was the symbol of Lazio, was brought to Milan on the last day of the summer mercato in 2002 after the Rossoneri had passed the preliminary round of the Champions League. Nine months later Sandro won the Champions League with Milan, who beat Juventus in penalties.
3. Jackson Martinez (Porto) – €35m
The move is still not official but has been confirmed by Porto and the MC. Martinez was wanted by a number of clubs in the Premier League but chose to join Milan and he is the first major ‘gift’ that President Silvio Berlusconi has given new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic (who is still not official either).
2. Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus) – €36.15m
Inzaghi, who is still under contract at Milan as coach, was brought from Juventus in 2001 (aged 28). Inzaghi held the record as Milan’s most expensive buy ever for 24 hours. The legacy of Pippo as a player is known to everyone and Milan’s 70 billion Italian Lire investment turned out just fine.
1. Manuel Rui Costa (Fiorentina) – €41.35m
The Portuguese arrived from the Viola a day after Inzaghi. Rui Costa seemed to be heading to Parma but Berlusconi, after two seasons without finding success, opened his wallet and invested 80m Lire in the playmaker who won 5 trophies with Milan. He’s still the Diavolo’s most expensive buy.