Shevchenko: “Maldini and Boban are guarantees and I see a lot of clarity at Milan, Piątek deserves the #9 shirt”

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Andriy Shevchenko during a press conference at Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica on March 21, 2019. (DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Andriy Shevchenko believes things are looking up for the Rossoneri and he thinks Krzysztof Piątek has earned his new jersey number – the #9.

Sheva is one of the greatest strikers in the history of the game and at Milan he famously wore the #7 jersey on his back.

Last week it was confirmed that Krzysztof Piątek had changed his number from #19 to #9, and in an interview with Sunday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Andriy talked about the Polish forward’s decision and about what he sees for Milan’s future.

“Leonardo said a few months ago that Piątek hadn’t been given the #9 shirt because it is a shirt that should be deserved? And he has certainly deserved it,” Shevchenko told the pink newspaper. “The way he came to Milan, his instinct, the important goals he scored… He made a great impact and now it’s right that Kris also takes responsibility for such an important shirt.

Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi celebrating during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro October 5, 2003 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Getty Images)

“Why is it difficult to carry certain numbers on the back? It’s not just a matter of wearing certain shirts. The history of Milan itself is beautiful but, at the same time, difficult to wear on your skin. This is demonstrated by the attachment of the fans: in recent times the results haven’t been the same as before, yet I saw thousands of people at Milanello for the first day of preseason [there were about 4000 people at the training complex]. They’re incredibly passionate.

“This new leadership? I think they are doing good thing, the project of a new stadium for example. San Siro will be missed by all of us because it’s great, but if all goes well then we’ll have a more modern stadium nearby. It’s an important step for the economic strength of the club. Things are built over time and I’m not just talking about the squad.

Andriy Shevchenko during Portugal-Ukraine at Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica on March 22, 2019. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

“The fans are hoping for a big name in the mercato? The club’s mentality hasn’t changed, Maldini and Boban are guarantees. They’ll do well. Paolo is growing as a director. There’s a lot of expectation, but I believe Paolo and Zvone will bring Milan back where they once were.

“Getting excluded from Europe was shocking for the Milanisti? I understand that, but I think the club made the logical choice for the future. I’m positive, I see real enthusiasm, and Italian football needs Milan. Calcio has grown a lot, Cristiano Ronaldo has helped a lot to recover the charm, but Milan is fundamental for this movement.

“Atalanta will play the Champions Legaue at San Siro? They are a good team. I don’t think it will be a problem for anyone, and it will be an experience for them and their fans to experience the Champions League in such a big stadium.

Andriy Shevchenko during a Special Teams Legends Onlus press conference on May 21, 2019. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

“If Gattuso’s career can continue elsewhere after leaving Milan? I’m sure it will happen. Rino did his duty, he grew up with the team. He has a road ahead. If I like Giampaolo? He seems like a man with strong ideas, like the Milan directors. Giampaolo is a coach who can achieve great results through play. He makes his mark and is prepared: I believe he was a good choice.

“Where I stand in the debate between those who prefer the beautiful-game and those who prefer getting results? Getting the result is not enough, but it’s not enough to just play well either. A team must have an identity, but above all it must win. It’s right to try to offer a good show to those who pay for the ticket, but people want to see wins. I don’t think the fans enjoy themselves when they lose.

Andriy Shevchenko during Portugal-Ukraine at Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica on March 22, 2019. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

“If my Ukraine side is more of a beautiful-game team or not? We have built up a good-quality game, but our objective is to qualify for the next European Championship. In October we’ll have a difficult game against Portugal but I’m confident.

“If I’m confident about the future of my Milan? At this moment I see a lot of clarity at Milan. I’m happy for Paolo, for Zvone, and also for Paolo’s son who was called-up to the first team. If it can be an embarrassing situation with a last-name like that? The Maldini’s are used to it… another of the dynasty on the pitch is more of a guarantee than an embarrassment.”

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Wish we could buy Everton Suarez to play wit Paquaeta….their combination will be lethal !

Niel8
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Hakim Ziyech has a clause of 25 million pound, while his value is actually 36. I wonder why the club do not consider him.

Ted
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Considering players bought, incoming ones and targeted ones, this is what team could look like

Donna
Calabria Musa Roma Hernandez
Veretout Bennacer Hakan
Paqueta
Silva Piatek

Not really a CL contenders imo

nick
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This team is better on paper compared to Atalanta who finished 3rd. If you look at Atalanta squad no one would consider them CL contenders except that they are coached by a very good tactician by the name of Gasperini. I don’t understand why some of you think that our squad is not good enough or not capable of finishing in the top 4. Smh. If we get a good CB like Upamecano, in addition to Correa and Veretout then we will have a strong team that is balanced from the back, midfield and CF. Especially if we hold onto… Read more »

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I agree with u Nick…..u r in a phase of new beginning so we may not able to sign players like Ronaldo,Messi,Neimar,Embappe,Griezman… But we have a potential Squad n 2/3 new signing is going to take place….i think dear Maldini management is on the right track….Good luck Milan

Raven
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@Nick, what I’m afraid of is the fact that competition for that 4th spot will be immense next season, we’re starting a new project while others (Atalanta-Inter-Napoli) have established ones already. We need to kick either Roma or Atalanta of that 4th spot. You know that new guys need to settle and coach’s idea sometimes needs time to sink in. Giampaolo is still unproven on a big team, is still a gamble when others are just improving on what they accomplished. Do I think Giampaolo will do good? Yes, but I’m not as optimistic as the marketing of Gazidis desires.… Read more »

nick
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I disagree. Inter is making a lot of changes to suit Conte’s formation and tactics. So they are not building from what Spaletti built last season. Icardi will be sold and he’s Inter most prolific striker. There is no guarantee that Lukaku will settle quickly in a Serie A which is more tactical and defensive than the premier league. He will find it much harder to score goals like CR7. Inter will need time to adapt to Conte’s style as well. The same goes for Roma who are changing players to fit Fonseca’s tactics. Dzeko will be sold this season… Read more »

Raven
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Milan is dealing with kids, kids against men, Giampaolo demands an odd formation and cohesion gameplay. That’s a tough one for a stubborn kid trying to make a name of himself.

While with smaller teams 2 wins in a row or a big agaisnt a big team might give enough morale for months things will not be as forgiving in Milan.

It’s not as easy as teach and yield. He needs to earn trust, by good managing and good consecutive results.

There is still hope, if an IMPROVEMENT in the midfield arrives.

nick
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nick

Total nonsense. Giampaolo is coaching professional players with international experience NOT primavera players. I’m lost by your reference above about “kids”. Giampaolo has proven success at getting the best out of young and experience players like Schick, Torreira, Duvan Zapata, Muriel, Quagliarella and Dennis Praet. Tell me which player did Gattuso improve last season? He shamed Bakayoko after his first bad game against Napoli stating that he doesn’t know how to position his body to receive the ball and that Bakayoko has defects. Very harsh words for a player who just joined the team after a bad experience at Chelsea.… Read more »

Raven
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Raven

Gattuso again … Sigh. Yeah yeah Nick you win

Raven
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Raven

You know what? I figured it out pal, you like to point out at Gattuso because you actually have doubts about Giampaolo, you just haven’t four d out. You where pretty confident that Sarriz Conte Tuchel or Gasperini would arrive and you never said anything about Giampaolo. Why comparing him with the worst coach you can think of? Remember, if Gattuso was so bad and Giampaolo is so great then 10 more wins that means fighting for the scudetto. Let Gattuso go, you’re acting like Milan 10 all obsessed with your predictions, also you change your mind according with the… Read more »

nick
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nick

You must be a psychic or your delusional. In any case your comment is not worth a response as I have nothing to defend here. I already stated my point to refute your bs claim about Giampaolo coaching kids. Peace!

Raven
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Raven

What I meant by kids is stating the fact that Milán currently hace among the youngest squads un Europeo but I guess I’ll have to teach you that as well.

dejan10
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@Nick – I would say he’s the latter. Two days ago he was going on about “Rino haters” as usual and now is acting like everyone else keeps bringing up Gattuso.

nick
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nick

@dejan10…Exactly!

Raven
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Raven

Yup, because it’s Giampaolo and Rino haters who need to prove something. The way Nick is still complaining about Rino is absurd as there is a new coach and full support. So why keep bringing him up? Is he going to blame him for FFP too? I’m still angry about the forced resignation true and this is my reasoning: Talk about attractive football and DNA all that BS you want, what matters is the 3 points and 68 is somewhat a high bar. But hey, at least 3 more wins would put us in the fight for 2nd place that’s… Read more »

dejan10
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dejan10

Raven, please feel free to move on to the 2nd stage of grief when you’re ready. And take a warm bath while you’re at it.

Raven
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Raven

Talk about football mate, there is no need to take it personal. Don’t you have enough arguments to debate?

Willsmilan
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@Nick I agree with u, Joaquin Correa for attack
I did choose Fabian Shar at cb he is cheaper nd very good as much
I really can’t wait to see the Romagnoli nd Caldara pairing that wuld be joyful
At the middle let’s have
Paqueta, Hakan, Bona, Bennacer,
In- Modric nd Jean Michael Seri or Rakitic or Dani Ceballos
Out- Biglia nd Kessie

Deku
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Deku

Kessie over Veretout I guess…

Raven
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Raven

IMO if all where match fit.
Donna
Calabria Caldara Romag Hernández
Kessie Bennacer Paqueta
Bona
Suso Piatek

Let Paqueta Bona and Suso play freely they’ll never know what hit them. 451 on defense, Christmas tree or classic Milan depending on the situation.

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Yep Ted, totally agree. I mean it’s not a bad lineup, probably 5-6th best in the league, but defo not top 3 or 4. @Raven – we share the same fears. People here need to remember that new players need to gel together. We will be climbing uphill from the start of the season because of that. I’m personally not so worried about Atalanta, as I think CL will disrupt their league performances (and luck will start running out, and no way D Zapata will score nearly as much as last season). But Rome and Lazio? Sure. Even Torino can… Read more »

Raven
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@Baresis Dream, Duvan will score even more trust me, that guy is really special. and yes, Lazio and Torino are very capable of reaching 4th.

Worst than 5th spot will be seen as a catastrophe, starting september the pressure will be ridiculous. In order to win we need both professionalism and a strong mentality from all Millanelo even us fans.

With the current situation of Milan having a GOOD tactician isn’t enough I can’t be optimistic sadly. And Yes I trust Boban and Maldjni but Gazidis creating all this hype is like soaking the matches on gasoline.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Raven, let’s come back to the Zapata topic at the end of the season; for me he seems to be a one hit wonder.

Raven
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Raven

Sure man, I see technique professionalism together with a gifted physique, I watched Copa America and he was used as a sub only because Falcao is treated like he is Valderrama but wen Duvan was on the field you could see the abysmal difference over a declining Falcao( Even though is not a fair comparison to asses the man’s quality or potential)

My prediction is that he will go to a bigger team, most likely premier, if he stays at Italy I see him at Napoli

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I don’t understand the pessimism. Ok, Juve, Napoli and Inter are out of reach, that’s a fact. So it’s all about the 4th. Which team exactly is ON PAPER in better shape?? Lazio (loosing their best (by far) player)? Roma (new coach, loosing their best defender, an important winger and probably their best attacker)? Atalanta (please name 3 players which you would prefer in our IX) having CL distraction? Torino (please name 2 players which you would prefer over our IX) having EL distraction? Honestly, I am more afraid of Fiorentina. Don’t get me wrong, it’s football, everything can happen… Read more »

milan4lyf
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I do have a theory that I would like our coach to try out. We can actually use RicRod in the midfield, specially in a deep lying midfield role as in CDM. He is good at passing, can pick long and short pass, is keen on tackles, tracks back to defense when needed, all he lacks is pace and CDMs aren’t picked for their pace. What do you guys think about that?

Raven
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Raven

Central midfielders must be confident using both feet. If no one is available I would prefer Mussacio.

Ashraf
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Raven i feel the same musachio can play ragista

milan4lyf
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milan4lyf

But musacchio is prone to bad passes and wrong positioning, in that sense, RicRod would be an upgrade. The only reason I feel that he won’t be good is the pace. But yeah, both feet is a must which could be a drawback, then again, the way RicRod plays in Switzerland, it’s awesome. When he is used in an attacking role, he is one hell of a beast and can control the game all on his own. Neither Montella nor Rino has used him right IMO.

Ashraf
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Ricrod in midfield is disaster all he know is back pass and weak mentality

Asy
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Asy

Any ukrainian players that shevchenko would recommend for milan to sign?
He did recommend mykolenko for leftback.

zahid hossain
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zahid hossain

If the news is true abt Roma, which says that Roma offering Shick+10million for Suso, would’ve awesome, Shick done his best under Giampaolo, so if get another chance in Milan… Wow,…it will also give Milan a chance for Silva-Neves swap possibility n Crutone to stay in Milan…..Good luck Milan

Niels8
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Niels8

Higuain also did his best under Sarri. Still, he failed in Chelsea

zahid hossain
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zahid hossain

I think u may forget the age of Higuain, when he did his best it was almost 5yrs back, so difference b/w performance under same coach is normal for Higuain issue …..but Shick is a young talant now who has space n time for more improvement….hope u understand

Ted
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Ted

Seems Roma won the race for Veretout. Not that I’m dissapointed we missed on him since he’s nothing special imo but he is one of many this summer that we did not manage to capture. That’s concerning me.

More worrying is the report Milan now considers Seri of Fulham as his alternative.

Just sign Praet already and move on to next targets – CB, DM and SS.

Rossi
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Rossi

So far Milan didnt offer more than 18mil for any player, so i doubt they will go for some one like Praet who can cost 25-30mil.
And offcourse sadly as you mentioned above this will affect our CL race.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Praet doesn’t excite me that much either to be honest

nick
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nick

Praet, Chiesa, Bakayoko, Zaniolo, Bennacer and Barella were head and shoulders above everyone in midfield last season in Serie A.

Ted
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Ted

@Baresis Dream, don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Milan going for players like Ceballos, Torreira, Neves, Tonali etc but considering reported Veretout alternatives like Seri or Rodolfo Pizzaro, I would take Praet in a heartbeat over the likes of these two.

Assim
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Assim

Rumors about us signing Everton are too weak imo , better not get hyped so we won’t get too disappointed if we didn’t get him. Bennacer played a gread game yesterday against Nigeria , got a shot at the crossbar at 91′ , and got a foul in the last minute of the game that Maharez transformed into the winning goal , he’ll definetly be a starter , he is way too good than Biglia , if he wasn’t African or didn’t play in relegating Empoli , he would’ve absoluetely cost like 40-50M , you can find his highlights on… Read more »

Willsmilan
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Willsmilan

Bennacer is a big deal, we got him cheap nd is better than barrella nd sensi

dejan10
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I’m with Sheva. This is the best set-up we’ve had behind the scenes in years. It’s early days but if we can keep some of our young talents instead of benching them all season and then selling them off, the bulk of the Italy team in a few years could be AC Milan.

beto
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beto

I heard various rumour about Suso’s transfer saga. Pastore plus cash for him will be a fantastic. Win win solution for both sides.

Assim
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Assim

Our medical team is busy enough with Bona , Caldara , Conti … they don’t need new patients.

nick
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nick

A big hell no to pastore. He’s way pass his prime.

Rossi
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Rossi

So Ac Milan offer for Vetrout is 18mil, but he is valued at 20mil on the market and since he had a good season is normal that Fiorentina wants 20+ mil for him. It seems we will miss on another target, i dont know what the managment is thinking with this offers, why the heck will any one sell you players for less than there worth smh. The alternative is Serri from Fulam and Rodolfo Pizarro from Monterrey. Serri is valued at 25mil so i doubt Milan will get him the cheapest option is Pizarro valued at 8-10mil so he… Read more »

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This is crazy, it’s a slap on Milan’s face. Petrachi (SD Roma) alone is bullying Maldini, Boban & Massara of mighty Milan cuz of €2m. Veretout is worth more than the €25m Florentina is demanding, the only reason he’s being sold for €19m to Roma is because he has refused to play outside of Italy. Lyon was ready to pay the €25m demanded by Florentina. If we can’t pay €18+2m in bonuses for Veretout, pls can we afford pay €25m for Praet or €24.5m Serri? Giampaulo specifically asked for Veretout because he fits the style he wants to establish with… Read more »

nick
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I was disappointed by this news as well since Di Marzio reported that Roma are ahead of us. I don’t understand why Milan cannot close this deal especially since Veretout prefers to join Milan.

But nothing is official yet so let’s wait and see what happens.

Niels8
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Niels8

I have the same question. The economic calculation doesn’t make sense at all to me.

The devil
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You fake Milan fans lack ambition the names you have been mentioning for transfer can eve enter Juventus 2nd team good luck to another champions league less season because you are guarantee Europa and fuck your lower league coach

Assim
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Assim

Every word you said is right man ! Why don’t you go out there and splash some 300M cash on Eliot’s face ! Or just go bring us Neymar and Mbappe , we would be thankful , dear savior.
What a hero !!

Ted
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Ted

And while you are at it, stop by in Liverpool or Manchester and bring us Guardiola or Klopp. Maybe offer a piggy back ride to Milano no one can reject that!

Sheva
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Sheva

After you are done saving Milan, go and feed some hungry children, we can’t keep someone like you for ourselfs, oh Messiah!

Pato
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Pato

One major problem we have in this transfer window is that we are finding it difficult to selll some players. Suso in particular. We were hoping his sales will fetch us some fund. But clubs are just sniffing at him. The budget for this market is low and can only buy us one or two players. We have been linked with many players but at the end they end in other clubs…So tough….

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I like you el diablo you are the only true Milan fans not hypnotised by the team and management if we where to use our current players in EPL we would be a mid table club just compare our last season point where it will stand we Milan fan lack ambition and this generation of fan and player need to pass because the truth is we haven’t still change since 2012

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come on man hope you are kidding because if you are referring to “the devil” comment you do realize we get designated a unique avatar as posters and yours is the same as the one above so guess you are praising yourself. When that is said i also think people should want and expect more for milan but regardless whether you like it or not we have some constraints caused by ffp. Hopefully krunic and bennacer will turn out as great buys but even if they doesnt we will propably be able to at minimum fetching the money we invested… Read more »

Iszy
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For the fact that Milan is battling with ffp, I believe we should all understand that it will be difficult to spend. We might not know it now but we have been spending so smartly, with the acquisition of players like bennacer for that price we are doing well. Let’s just give the management our backing.

nick
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nick

So Milan are now linked to Luca Modric according to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio. Interesting

Niels8
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Niels8

Not getting Veretout just because they don’t want to pay 20 mil, yet chasing Modric who is old and will cost way more than 30?
I don’t understand the logic.. especially since we still need depth in midfield.

CGT
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CGT

It’s calamitous for Milan management to pass on Jordan Veretout bcus of €2m which could have been add-ons. We will not get a quality mid-fielder as good as Veretout this summer again for €20m, Praet, Serri & Modric won’t be sold for less than €25m & none of them except for Modric matches what Veretout brings to the pitch. Giampaulo specifically asked for Veretout to play his kind of expansive football, not granting that is setting him up for failure. Roma are about signing Mancini, Veretout, Suso, Higuain & other quality players, we are gradually slipping away from top 4…..

nick
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nick

Modric cost about 20m but his salary is 12m according to Gianluca Di Marzio report.

Martin Bernhard
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Last year when modric was expected to join inter i said several times on this blog that i thought he’d propably end up in milan at a later point as he actually supported the club as a kid but now i have some serious doubts that it will mount to anything. He earns around 10 mil in Madrid and besides of that theres also a potential transfer fee to consider. I just doesnt see it happening but on the other hand if madrid ends up buying pogba or some other wage heavy player(s) and in the combination of modrics contract… Read more »

Vernay
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Vernay

How about creating a forum for all these discussions on the website during this off season

Meer-1
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Meer-1

Good idea, meytar do something about this a forum for discussion with in this website/blog so that we put threads and discuss our opinion with concerned topic like match by match analysis

Willsmilan
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Willsmilan

I think we actually have good squad, giampaolo said he as Praet role coverd at Milan, I sure think is pointing to hakan, who for me is a technically sound guy, we need addition players though nd I wish the coach will be fast at implementing is ideas
If we can get lazio Joaquin Correa for the attack
Newcastle Fabian Shar for the cb
Nd had two more midfielders in between
Luca Modric, Dani Ceballos ,Jean Michael Seri nd Ivan Rakitic.
We can then get rid of certain players eg. Borini, kessie, laxalt, Strinic, Biglia nd Maybe Catillejo or Cutrone.

Max
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Max

How about playing Rodriguez as CD, since we have many LBs now? What do people think?

Willsmilan
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Willsmilan

Has anyone seen bennacer play ? We got out self a real gem for cheap The management don’t want to rush into decision making, there taking there time studying all this player available, we can’t afford to pay much for a player with less quality, for me bennacer is better than both sensi nd barella he is the top rated player in the African cup of nation, he was the best player in the group phase nd he is clear ahead becoming the player of the tournament, if the win it. I see the reason giampaolo said we ar well… Read more »

Ted
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Ted

Roma just signed Mancini on loan with conditional obligation to buy for 15 millions

So what’s up Maldini and Boban?

Raven
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Raven

His characteristics doesn’t balance the team I guess

milan4lyf
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Our biggest priorities are a CB, CM, CDM. For CDM, we have bennacer, will be our starter. Biglia could be the backup. So if we don’t sign any backups, we are good on that position. For CB, I am hoping for Dalot, but not sure if we would be able to get him. Musacchio isn’t completely reliable to stay solid on back-to-back games. So we need someone solid and fit. Bailly is not an option. Just NO. Neither is he good nor fit. Musa is far better. For CM, I think we are about to lose out on Dani. So… Read more »