Montella wants midfield signings: Borja Valero reportedly the top target, Andrè Gomes is the dream

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Borja Valero of Fiorentina points during a Pre Season Friendly between Chelsea and Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge on August 5, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Borja Valero of Fiorentina points during a Pre Season Friendly between Chelsea and Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge on August 5, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Vincenzo Montella is looking to improve Milan’s problematic department and it’s reported that his former Viola man Valero is the top target right now.

Milan are starting the season tomorrow (July 7th) with all the non-international players arriving in Milanello to begin the preparations for the 2016/17 season.

The Diavolo have about 30 players in the squad but it’s obvious many need to go and the team has to be improved so it can fight for the top spots next season and the midfield is perhaps the department that needs the most tweaking.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Montella has prioritized Borja Valero for the midfield. The 31-year-old was brought to Fiorentina in 2012 by the new Rossoneri boss and Montella would like to reunite with the excellent midfielder. Milan have yet to approach Fiorentina but the desire is there.

Alternative targets appear to be Leandro Paredes (22, owned by Roma), Piotr Zieliński (22, owned by Udinese) and Mateo Kovačić (22, owned by Real Madrid). The dream target, however, is Andrè Gomes (22, owned by Valencia) but he will be a much more expensive option. With Chinese money reportedly coming in already this summer, Gomes could be relatively affordable though.

Riccardo Montolivo extended his contract for three more years just last month while Andrea Bertolacci, Andrea Poli, Juraj Kucka, Jose Mauri and Manuel Locatelli are all still here.

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angry birds
angry birds
4 years ago

Who want to buy bertollaci n poli??
Whatever the price is.

Aizi
Aizi
4 years ago

Get rid of montolivo first hes a cancer for milan midfield. He performs once every 20 matches. Follow this up by bertolacchi and poli. Then sign your players. Hope locatelli and mauri are given chances

i_rossoneri
i_rossoneri
4 years ago
Reply to  Aizi

I really want Montolivo benched by Locatelli…. He doesn’t deserve captain armband

dikwatson
dikwatson
3 years ago
Reply to  i_rossoneri

Comment: d arm band with montolivo is ok just want him to b benched that’s all

robskab
robskab
4 years ago

well well, i dont mind if we bring borja. he’s already familliar with montella’s tactic but we have to offload either poli or bertolacci. montella seems know our midfield is full of mediocere player who cant keep the ball for at least 1 minute. borja can dictate play and have experienced 3 years in serie a. my dreams are pastore and verratti. i see a little hope in montella, he’s a well plan and calm coach, very curious to see his work..

Veer Khase
Veer Khase
4 years ago

I like gomes but valencia are demanding too much money. Even if we have 200m € budget, i would not appreciate if we started overpaying.35-40m € for gomes is acceptable but 50m € is way out of track.Valero would be good addition.I heard rumours about pastore. I would prefer him over gomes because he will be relatively cheaper & mature at the moment. He can also play on the wing but he rocks in a deeper role. Besides, he is self proclaimed milan fan also.

Silver
Silver
4 years ago
Reply to  Veer Khase

I have been fan of Pastore for long time. And I agree, we shouldn’t pay €50m for Gomes

#1Milan Fan South Africa
#1Milan Fan South Africa
4 years ago

With all that money on the table Milan could go for James Rodrigues,Mata,Depay and they can try to lure thiago silva back.Milan could sign Witsel now that they have the money and they can afford a player like Dybala if adriano menez and niang leaves.200 million is enough to buy 3 or 4 world class players…really looking forward to this season.

Sanoske
Sanoske
4 years ago

Depay??.. Geez

nesonelly
nesonelly
4 years ago

Dude you can’t manage a club you don’t spend money like dat

pippo
pippo
4 years ago

Mr galliani was seen yesterday in Zagreb. It seems that operation Pjaca is under way…

Rossoneri fan
Rossoneri fan
4 years ago

Borja Valero???…Why him with all the chinese money we are gonna get???

Rossoneri fan
Rossoneri fan
4 years ago

Sell
Berto, Poli, Monto, Luiz Adriano, Honda,
Hopefully we can gain some €50m from them, with good Negotiation
Sign
Milik, Pjaca, André Gomes, Kovačić, Mussachio/Mustafi and if we get 200 million per season as Berlusconi said get VERRATI

Note: Never sell Bacca!!!

Silver
Silver
4 years ago
Reply to  Rossoneri fan

I think the 400 million is for two years just to rebuild our squad. We won’t get 200 million for our third season.

angry birds
angry birds
4 years ago
Reply to  Rossoneri fan

Berto, poli, Monty, Honda, Luis adrino, menez.
Who wants to buy these player?? And then you want to get 40-50m from them lol. You should be more realistic

Suracho
Suracho
4 years ago

to all the ungrateful Milan fans bashing Berlusconi: the man poured hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money (when it wasn’t fashionable) and completely changed Milan… In the last years he simply could not compete financially with petro dollar/ government tin pot teams… even in his last year he invested 100m and made losses of 90m. that is serious cash, even for someone of his means… in the end, he negotiated in a way that not ensured the maximum payday for him, but forced the Chinese to massively invest in the club. this clause doesn’t make any sense… Read more »

Sam Parker
Sam Parker
4 years ago
Reply to  Suracho

Are you his son? Business is business…and its been quite obvious for some time that he could no longer bankroll Milan!

Gautam
Gautam
4 years ago
Reply to  Suracho

Could you please talk nicely to people? One day you start off you hate against Chinese and now you talk about ungrateful Milan fans, which I don’t find anyone over here. If we are here reading news and writing comments it’s because we all care for Milan. No one is so jobless to put their views on how the team should be built without being it’s fan. Kindly grow up and stop talking/spreading hate stuff here. If you don’t like something be a critic. There is enough hatred everywhere in the world so please don’t bring that here.

relax
relax
4 years ago
Reply to  Gautam

don’t cry buddy its ok, am sure he did not mean to hurt you.. everyone is free to express their point of view but if you need a hug you’re prolly at the wrong place.

Gautam
Gautam
4 years ago
Reply to  relax

I am neither crying nor looking for a hug. What needs to be said I have already mentioned. Football is a sport so don’t bring religion/community or even a country name in between and divide people PERIOD!!

Someone
Someone
4 years ago
Reply to  Suracho

I am sure you wrote the sales contract to know that it doesn’t make business sense and you personally know every Rossoneri fan to be so sure of their ungratefulness.

I don’t think people are elated Mr B is leaving, just relieved and rightly so because he hasn’t had the means, in the recent past, to compete against new riches of other clubs. So get over it already…

Martinovic
Martinovic
4 years ago
Reply to  Suracho

You really are his adopted son, Suracho Berlusconi

Donadoni
Donadoni
3 years ago
Reply to  Suracho

B deserved a whole load of credit for what he has done for Milan. However, this needs to stop, and a clear distinction made: he chose to no longer invest as much as he had done in the past. Very different to saying he could no longer do this. This is a perpetuated myth that has become accepted as fact.

al83
al83
4 years ago

Most of the names are fine. But the most interesting and positive part is that finally (thanks to Montella) after few years of bad investments, we are looking at the real problem: our midfield. No more strikers. Midfield needs complete reconstruction and is the top priority. Personally I wouldn’t mind if we spend all the money for midfielders.

xtfui
xtfui
4 years ago

I thought Kovacic was our top target, now they say it’s Borja Valero, who will be next, Mati Fernandez? and then we won’t sign Kovacic at all?

Pelle80
Pelle80
4 years ago
Reply to  xtfui

Lets be positive for once if things are going the right way, kovacic is a baby compared to borja in terms of technics in midfield. I dnt care about his age he is a very good ball player.

xtfui
xtfui
4 years ago
Reply to  Pelle80

I want to be positive but he has never played for a big club only Mallorca, Villareal, Fiorentina and has never done anything particular, he maybe a good player but, not a a special one to be Milan’s priority in midfield.

ACMilanLover
ACMilanLover
4 years ago
Reply to  xtfui

Dont look at his age … Pirlo was also 30 plus when he signed for Juve … Look where he took Juve … 4 consecutive Scudettos and 1 CL final … If Borja can do something similar for Milan, why not him??

xtfui
xtfui
4 years ago
Reply to  ACMilanLover

I didn’t say anything about his age and you can not compare him with Pirlo. Pirlo was 21 when we signed him and he grew in Milan, he was as good that time as Kovacic is now, i’m not comparing Kovacic to Pirlo, maybe Kovacic won’t get world class, i don’t know, no one does, but i prefer to get players like Kovacic than Borja Valero that’s it. And if we sign midfielder over 30, then we better sign someone who has done something in his past career, we were linked with Sneijder, why not?

xtfui
xtfui
4 years ago
Reply to  ACMilanLover

Montolivo was 26 when he joined Milan and he was much better than Borja Valero at all of his football career, so why do we even try to sign someone who is not better than captain we already got with the same age.

Ricardo Leite
Ricardo Leite
4 years ago

Yes yes yes, midfield is our main problem n has been since after Pirlo, Gattuso n Seedorf era. I’ve watched Borja play once eventhough it wasn’t really him that made me sit for the game, i was forced to notice him; Hiis neat passes, opening to collect the ball n covering distances tirelessly. I was forced to desire him that day. He’d b a worthy addition. If not 100% @least 80% should be spent on our midfield, all phases of our midfield(Attacking, Standing, Defensive) n the rest on sealing our defends. Leave Bacca alone to enjoy his second season with… Read more »

Pelle80
Pelle80
4 years ago
Reply to  Ricardo Leite

Well said bto.

Perttu Junnonaho
Perttu Junnonaho
4 years ago

The players who must go to other clubs are Balotelli, Adrianio, Honda, Boateng, Menez, and meny others true out our lineup!

successsor
successsor
4 years ago

Bacca is one of the best strikers in the world right now…… Good in the air, very strong, one on one dribble versatile, skills scoring ability cover space and well position.. Just find him a good pair and excellent passer behind him

RKaY
RKaY
4 years ago
Reply to  successsor

Where did you get the idea Bacca is good in the air lol? The only striker we had who was good in the air was Adriano. And he never played. Any clearances to our forward players would be lost.

Milan Boy
Milan Boy
4 years ago

@Suracho.u spoke well about Berlusconi but u didnt capture our position as fan vety well.We were criticising him when we realised he was addressing our problem areas and when antecedents seemed to suggest he will not sell the club,now that he has done that,i think subsequently u will experience a litany of eulogies from us as we love milan because of what Berlusconi made it to be and does not hate the man who made the man who made our club the most successful for many years. Montella seems the understand the club well as he is interested in our… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago

1) im glad the new coach has a prerogative say regarding transfers in and out as it should be.
2) selling topscorer like bacca for less than 40 m after milan bought him for 30 m is bad business.
3) with 100-200 m in hand it should be considered cardinal sin to target any playmaker below pastore, moutinho, draxler, james, pogba’s level

Gbolahan
Gbolahan
4 years ago

I stopped watching Milan play for some time cos I couldn’t stand the heart break any longer. Happy about this new development. I pray it works so I can start watching my beloved Team play good football…. with the kind of cash we have let’s go for the best legs…. Milan is a Big Club and should be seen and recognize with Big players once again.

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago
Reply to  Gbolahan

So in essence ur a bandwagoner?

ted
ted
4 years ago

Start the era by building a modern 50 – 60.000 seater stadium so Milan can generate money and won’t be so dependent on their owners in years to come

Milanista121
Milanista121
4 years ago

How is André gomes a dream ahead of Pjaca, Kovacic and a rock solid defender?

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
4 years ago

Wow galliani is bringing pjaca’s agent back to italy to finish the deal.. That would be a very big signing. The kid has so much potential and to fight off big teams like liverpool, Juventus napoli and madrid is big. I hope we sign him and it’s of many things to come! Can we finally start believing that this year can be ‘year zero’ and their is a rebuild to become great again?

Ifeanyichukwu Franklin
Ifeanyichukwu Franklin
4 years ago

Comment:@suracho,pls show some respect to Milan fans cos no one hates the man who made Milan what it is today but constructive criticism of the way the club is a being handled of late is what the fans are doing which is very important.

ted
ted
4 years ago

Croatia has so many young and talented players – Kovacic, Pjaca, Vrsaljko, Jedvaj, Pasalic, Coric, Balic, Lovren, Vlasic, Muric, Rog. Half of this I would love to see in Milan in future.

With the right guidance they have a lot of potential to become Croatian golden generation like the one with Suker, Boban, Prosinecki

Really really hope we sign Pjaca!

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago
Reply to  ted

Hope pjaca can be milan’s very own robert jarni

C
C
4 years ago

We are closing in on Pjaca now… Very good news the kid is a real athlete technical determined creative and he can just get better potential star

RossoKaka
RossoKaka
4 years ago

Pjaca’s agent said Milan has a leg up on the other teams because his father had done really good business with Galliani in the past and Milan is in his heart but Milan have to show some cash first lol

The Bird
The Bird
4 years ago

I dont understand how in the ****ing world deos that suracho guy has 20 likes, i mean seriously like 20 LIKES!!! humanity has vanished

bawse
bawse
4 years ago

I want just one deal….just one deal…..and we can make it work…..call sassuolo’s president give him 15m +niang and get me Berardi…..”berardi has always scored against milan”…..he is the future….and if we don’t buy him now he will still score against us again…..someone call galliani….adriano and niang +10m for BERARDI or 15m +niang for berardi……

Don Pius Ibharoga
Don Pius Ibharoga
4 years ago

Bellusconi insisted the Chinese made a substantive investment for the next 2 years because he realized if milan goes down, his lagacies would have been wiped out. As poor as the like of Adriano, Poli, Bertolacci, Montolivo, Menez and Matri may seems, i think with good negotiation, we can get 50m € from their sales and invest same in 2 quality mieldfielders plus the chinese cash we can build a highly competitive team. We need a mieldfielder with some aggresiveness in the form of Gatuso. I am really looking forward to the new milan. Forza Milan

Milano4lyf
Milano4lyf
4 years ago

WHY WHY AND WHY DO WE NEED TO SELL BACCA?????? DOES ANY TRUE AC-MILAN FAN SUPPORT SELLING OF OUR HIGHEST GOAL SCORER LAST SEASON. IN MY OPINION,I THINK THIS IS A BAD DECISION IF WE TEND TO SELL HIM BECAUSE HE GET US GOALS LAST SEASON WITH LESS CREATIVITY AND FINAL PASS FROM OUR MIDFIELDER… NOW THAT WE HAVE MONEY TO GET HIM NICE CREATIVITY PLAYER,WHO SAID HE CAN NOT SUPERSEDE HUIGAIN LAST SEASON RECORD.

AJ
AJ
4 years ago

Montilla told us today he wants to use 4-3-3.

De scligo/calabria benatia romagnoli Antonelli
Kucka Andre gomes Kovacic
Pjaca Bacca Bonaventura

This would honestly be an killer squad for upcoming season, and it could happend if galliani play his cards right. Selling the right players and getting the right ones for a fair price. If we don’t get Benatia we could go for Musacchio but i prefer Benatia due to his experince. If we don’t get andre gomes we should aim for boja Valero.