Milan had new directors leading the mercato and a new coach appointed, but still added 6 new players to the squad of coach Marco Giampaolo, and said goodbye to over 10 men.
Milan started the summer with the exit of director of sport Leonardo, and the appointments of Paolo Maldini as Technical Director, Zvonimir Boban as Chief Football Officer, and Frederic Massara as Sporting Director. Together, the three conducted the transfer mercato of the Rossoneri.
The goal of Milan was to find players who are ‘functional’ to the system of coach Giampaolo, while always respecting the rules of the Financial Fair Play. Maldini, Boban and Massara worked under the radar, almost without making any statements to the press. Eventually, they managed to sign 6 new players and strengthen the squad of the Diavolo, who once again will try for a Top 4 spot.
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 (fees unconfirmed)|
|Theo Hernández||Defender||21||Real Madrid||Permanent deal, five-year contract, €20m|
|Rade Krunić||Midfielder||25||Empoli||Permanent deal, five-year contract, €8m plus €2-4m bonuses|
|Ismaël Bennacer||Midfielder||21||Empoli||Permanent deal, five-year contract, €16m plus €2m bonuses|
|Rafael Leão||Forward||20||Lille||Permanent deal, five-year contract, €23m + Tiago Djaló|
|Léo Duarte||Defender||23||Flamengo||Permanent deal, five-year contract, €11m|
|Ante Rebić||Forward||25||Eintracht Frankfurt||Two-year loan, exchange with André Silva|
A lot of players left the club during the summer, many of which walked away as Free Agents, while others were used in deals to bring over new players, or were simply sold to create capital gains.
|Player Name||Role||Age||Went To||Details (fees unconfirmed)|
|Riccardo Montolivo||Midfielder||34||Free Agent||End of contract|
|Ignazio Abate||Defender||32||Free Agent||End of contract|
|Andrea Bertolacci||Midfielder||28||Free Agent||End of contract|
|José Mauri||Midfielder||23||Free Agent||End of contract|
|Cristián Zapata||Defender||32||Genoa||End of contract|
|Tiémoué Bakayoko||Midfielder||25||Chelsea/Monaco||End of loan deal|
|Stefan Simić||Defender||24||HNK Hajduk Split||Permanent deal, €0.5m|
|Patrick Cutrone||Forward||21||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Permanent deal, €18m plus €4m bonuses|
|Alessandro Plizzari||Goalkeeper||19||Livorno||One-year loan deal|
|Tiago Djaló||Defender||19||Lille||Permanent deal, €5m, part of the Rafael Leão deal|
|Ivan Strinić||Defender||32||Free Agent||Terminated contract|
|Diego Laxalt||Defender||26||Torino||Loan for €0.5m with option to buy for €11.5m|
|André Silva||Forward||23||Eintracht Frankfurt||Two-year loan, exchange with Ante Rebić|