Massimiliano Mirabelli has made it very clear that Milan can’t buy anyone before selling first and assured everything will go through the coach, Gennaro Gattuso.
Last summer Milan were the protagonists of the transfer market, signing 11 players, spending over €200 million.
But this year, the situation is completely different. Marco Fassone has already claimed that since the Financial Fair Play rules have to be respected, Milan will have to finance their mercato through sales, and even the entry of a possible new owner will not change this fact.
Today, director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli, who a few weeks ago spoke of three important signings, confirmed that the old ‘sell before you buy’ mantra is back at training center Milanello.
“The new season? We struggled a lot [last year], but now we start again for a new season. We hope it will be a great year,” Mirabelli told Sky. “The work to do? We have practically not had a vacation. We have been at work for a long time and we are charged-up to see what we can do.
“The mercato? There’s need for clarity: We have heard so many names and I tell the fans not to follow them. We have clear ideas. We will do a sales market and then a purchases market. No one will leave, and no one will arrive, without Gattuso’s go-ahead. It will be the Milan of Gattuso. We’ve to be calm.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’d rather to stay that way [keep the squad the same], unless someone who makes a difference [can arrive]. Last year we wanted to build a young base, this year we need experienced reinforcements. We will have to make a zero-balance mercato.
“No one will leave, and no one will arrive without Gattuso’s OK. The sales of big players? There are some of our players who have many different requests. If Rino wants to go without one of the big players, we’ll listen to him and decide what to do.
“The names? We had found a deal for Gustavo Gomez with Boca Juniors, there’s been a problem with the two of them and we’ve given them two days to resolve the situation. Gustavo also has requests in Italy. Kalinić has many requests from Turkey, Russia, Germany and Spain. Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are perhaps those closest to him [Kalinić is believed to have agreed terms with Atletico].
“[Valencia’s Simone’ Zaza? We are not thinking about any purchases as we don’t know how what resources we have available. It’s a little bit like when you’re hungry and you’re out of the house, you open your wallet and look inside before deciding whether to go for a sandwich or whether you can go to the restaurant for caviar and champagne. We’ll know after we’ve made some sales.”
Milan have already signed three players – Pepe Reina, Ivan Strinić and Alen Halilović. All arrived as free agents. The Rossoneri have no – or very little – money to spend, and they focus on sales.