Milan had a very interesting summer as they changed ownership mid-mercato, but still added 8 new players to the squad of coach Gennaro Gattuso, and said goodbye to over 10 men.
It was a summer of two parts: the first part was under the Chinese ownership, with Yonghong Li still as President, and Marco Fassone & Massimiliano Mirabelli running the show for Milan. The second part was with the new Elliott ownership, who appointed Leonardo and Paolo Maldini.
All in all, it was a bizarre and unusual transfer mercato for the Diavolo, whose number one goal this summer was strengthening the squad of Gattuso while staying within the limits of the Financial Fair Play. 8 new signings were made, 3 of them – all free agents – arrived during the Chinese ownership, while the rest were signed by Leo and Paolo, with the support of the American Elliott.
The full list of arrivals can be found below, with the transfer fees as they were reported in the media:
|Player Name||Role||Age||Arrived From||Details (rumoured)|
|Pepe Reina||Goalkeeper||35||Napoli||Permanent deal, free agent|
|Ivan Strinić||Defender||31||Sampdoria||Permanent deal, free agent|
|Alen Halilović||Midfielder||22||Hamburg||Permanent deal, free agent, Hamburg entitled to % of future sale|
|Mattia Caldara||Defender||24||Juventus||Permanent deal, €35m, direct exchange with Leonardo Bonucci|
|Gonzalo Higuain||Forward||30||Juventus||One year loan with option to buy, €18m loan + €36m option|
|Tiémoué Bakayoko||Midfielder||24||Chelsea||One year loan with option to buy, €5m loan + €35m option|
|Diego Laxalt||Defender||25||Genoa||Permanent deal, €3m + Gianluca Lapadula + €4m bonuses|
|Samu Castillejo||Forward||23||Villarreal||Permanent deal, €18m + Carlos Bacca|
The fans were dreaming about one last big signing, but in the end it proved to be impossible. The Rossoneri’s mercato has ended in terms of new signings, but more players, in addition to those that have already left, could part ways with the club and join teams in leagues where the mercato is open.
|Player Name||Role||Age||Went To||Details (rumoured)|
|Marco Storari||Goalkeeper||41||Free Agent||End of contract|
|Hachim Mastour||Forward||20||Free Agent||End of contract|
|Nnamdi Oduamadi||Forward||27||Free Agent||End of contract|
|Leonardo Bonucci||Defender||31||Juventus||Permanent deal, €35m, direct exchange with Mattia Caldara|
|Gustavo Gomez||Defender||25||Palmeiras||Loan with option to extend loan, €1.5m for the first loan|
|Nikola Kalinić||Forward||30||Atletico Madrid||Permanent deal, just under €15m|
|Luca Antonelli||Defender||31||Empoli||Permanent deal, released from contract|
|André Silva||Forward||22||Sevilla||Loan with option to buy, €5m loan + €30m option|
|Manuel Locatelli||Midfielder||20||Sassuolo||Loan with obligation to buy, €2m loan +€10m option + €2m bonuses|
|Jherson Vergara||Defender||24||Cagliari||Permanent deal, released from contract|
|Gabriel||Goalkeeper||25||Perugia||Permanent deal, released from contract|
|Carlos Bacca||Forward||31||Villarreal||Permanent deal, used in deal for Samu Castillejo|
|Gianluca Lapadula||Forward||28||Genoa||Permanent deal, used in deal for Diego Laxalt|