Official: Mati Fernandez joins Milan on loan + option to buy from Fiorentina

Matias Fernandez celebrates after scoring during Atalanta-Fiorentina at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on February 21, 2016. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Matias Fernandez celebrates during Atalanta-Fiorentina at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on February 21, 2016. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Milan’s last-minute midfield reinforcement is Fiorentina’s Matias Fernandez; the Rossoneri beat Cagliari for him.

Vincenzo Montella and Adriano Galliani were keen to sign a midfielder before the end of the transfer market.

Uncle Fester, in what is very likely to be his last day in charge of Milan transfer market, tried and failed to bring Cesc Fabregas, reportedly contacted Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere and even saw an Andrea Poli-Tomas Rincon swap offer rejected by his good friend Enrico Preziosi President of Genoa.

But in the end, Montella gets a new midfielder and it’s someone he worked with in the past at Fiorentina, as the Viola’s 30-year-old Matias Fernandez, after getting a call from Vincenzo, decided to turn down a Cagliari move and will spend this season in the red and black of Milan.

“AC Milan announces that it has bought on loan with buy-out right the footballer Mati Fernandez from Fiorentina,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads, just minutes before the window shuts. SportItalia reports that the Diavolo will be paying the Firenze club €800k for the loan.

It was clear that Montella wants Milan to sign a regista (player in front of the defense) but eventually they signed the Chilean who like Jose Sosa, plays an advanced midfield role. Benvenuto Mati!


  1. Oh well. I believe he’s more suited than sosa to play in front of the defence. Have seen him putting in some tackles and even sliding tackles. His passing and vision looks good as well. Hope he can replace Montolivio. Thanks Galliani and goodbye. I still prefer to remember you are the one who brought Milan’s success in the 80s and 90s, of course with Berlusconi’s money.

  2. Why are bringing in crap?

    Sold El Sharaawy and loaned Mauri and Diego Lopez.

    Bought/loaned Sosa, Fernandez, Pasalic, Lapadula, Vangioni and Gomez (looks to be the only decent buy).

    We looked better back in June.

  3. no disrespect to the guy and I honestly do wish him the best in Milan… but I rather sign nobody then have a last minute signing like this.
    The loan cost 800K plus wages. Money, which in my opinion, could have been spent better.

    • He is a great player, my favorite player even over Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal in the chilean national team. Matias Fernandez played with both and I can tell you this wasn’t just a quick buy,
      Montella knows this player very well and is a player that fits in the game he wants

  4. nononono this transfermarked is a disaster….
    its funy they speek big names isco remsy wilshere fabregas kovacic and this and that, in the end they don´t do shit they go and get a 30 yours old mid team player who dont even play more than 50 % of the games for a team like fiorentina !!!!


    • Some players just don’t see Italian football as a place to be anymore. See Jack Wilshere who snubbed roma for bourthernmoure or however you spell that name. Fabregas just didn’t want to come to us so it’s not his fault. fabregas just didn’t want to come to us. But you can blame the money on whomever you want. Not having enough is what caused us to not bring anyone really great to the club.

    • Better you do the transfer by your self with limited fund, can u do that? Better now sit and relax and give faith to montela and let him work what we have know. Me and otherMilan fans want a great transfer with decent players but this is the time to face the truth, and hope for the best Milan. Forza Milan!!!

  5. finally a montolivo-replacer. not as shiny as the player being linked to us yet he is a good addition to milan. now sosa doesn’t have to adapt to a new role and focus on his game.

    • Don’t think he is a replacer for Montalivo. Sure he can be made to play that role, but it is not his preferred position.
      To be fair, you can replace Montalivo with so many player with in the squad who don’t play that position and they will probly still perfom better. I personally rather see Honda play their. At least he can add creativity in a dull mid.

      • If Honda had the quality to play there, don’t you think the coach would know? You guys talk too much bull…

  6. As the window has now closed and we have got a rough idea of Milans squad for this season [as not many big transfers take place in winter due to it being half way through the season] I honestly think a top 6 finish would be excellent for Milan.
    As much as I would like to see them play in the champions league, I can not see anybody knocking Juve of the top stop, and then second and third spot will be fought to the death between Roma and Napoli.
    And just to rub it in, I expect Inter to come 4th. So to all the Milan fans out there, lets pray for a miracle ‘]

  7. Decent buy for a market when funds were low
    Loan makes sense as in January / summer we will have the promised funds to purchase better

  8. 800k will do a lot in my life………milan shud av just helped a brother here………we now beating cagliari to a DEAD player…….CAGLIARI!!!!!!!! we are done……for real dis time……SMH

  9. Meanwhile juve signed Cuardrado on a three year loan deal and Valencia picked up Mangala on loan…. Seems like we could have gotten much better players on loan with an option to buy when the money comes

    • if u play champions cup youll get cuardado or mangala on loan
      if u have a good project then also
      but if u run from bunch of selfish dead fish – then ull get to beat cagliari on a washed up player with less ambition
      that is life and was for us milanisti .maybe chinesee power will lift up
      and make us become what we actualy ARE

  10. Give the guy a break alright! We said funny things about Kucka when he arrived – see how he turned out. He is already here lets wish him the best!

  11. Pros and cons:
    1. He is not world class.
    2. Quite injury prone if not mistaken.

    1. Him and Montella know each other and know what they can expect from each other.
    2. He is experienced, and a lot of experience from Europe and from Serie A as well.
    3. Has a great right foot, quite good at set pieces.
    4. Good passer, and skillfull with the ball at his feet, which must be seen as a step in the right direction. Before the mercato we only had Monto and Locatelli, now we have added Sosa and Mati. And he is definitely better than Ever Banega.

    Not the player I was hoping for, but it has to be seen as a step in the right direction… would have liked if we signed Caceres as well though..

    Benvenuto Mati!

  12. Montolivio is irreplaceable. Nobody on the squad can play the deep lying midfielder like him. They are options for his lack of fitness.

  13. He’s a better option than the likes of Rigoni. His long range efforts are decent and powerful and he had worked with Montella before so knows what he has to do.

    He could be a useful squad player in the future, too. He’s injury prone though.

  14. “as the Viola’s 30-year-old Matias Fernandez, after getting a call from Vincenzo, decided to turn down a Cagliari move and will spend this season in the red and black of Milan” fair enough.

  15. I’ve been watching Mati since the days of Villarreal, n he’s a fighter trust me he’ll fit in perfectly for that regista position. forzamilan

  16. I think mati is a better plater than most of our midfielders especially monto,plays an attacking midfield but also a good marker of the ball,more skill,faster than monto so am satisfy. I can only complain when by january the 85m is still nowhere to be found.

  17. The only surprise is that fact that we didn’t make any move for Bastian shweni .who is in man u reserve team SIGH.

  18. I really don’t understand why wee are keeping. Like this when juve. Paying quality players and wee just paying 30 yers old Wee mast really change our styl.

  19. For me the best transfer news yesterday was the red hot slap from zenith on juve’s face at the 11th hour. Juve already announced the purchase of witsel , zenith gave them a big punch by increasing the price. Thanks zenith!

    For our mercato, we didnt sign ready starters.

    Lets just support the team and only hope for a better reinforcement in january.
    Forza milan and goodluck to all the new arrivals!

  20. I don’t think we should be so expectant as regards Milan’s ambitions for January. Because we all know how difficult it is to get quality players during that window. May be ciao or rugani for a start . If it’s possible. And then baselli , but that won’t be easy simply because its January.

    The team isn’t so bad . Against Napoli I saw potential. Something I didn’t see in the last coach . If we can keep it cool against smaller teams unlike. Last season. Who knows we might just make it

  21. Well for me I would have loved the arrival of cuduardo and an addition to the defence,i think Niang’s red card give us the perfect opportunity to try Bacca / Lapadula upfront



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