Milan have signed three new players and two new-old, while saying goodbye, at least temporarily, to six men.
Milan head into the January transfer market fresh off the debacle against Atalanta, in which they lost 5-0 away from home. Paolo Maldini, Zvonimir Boban and Frederic Massara acted on the mercato, realizing that some reinforcements and changes were due.
The biggest January signing is without a doubt Zlatan Ibrahimović, whose impact on the team over the last month cannot be ignored. Ibra has come on a big salary (believed to be €3m for six month) but so far the Zlatan Effect seems to be working. From the new signings, Ibra is the only guaranteed starter as veterans Simon Kjær and Asmir Begović, 20-year-old Alexis Saelemaekers and the returning Diego Laxalt will be most on the bench, or fighting with others for space.
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)|
|Zlatan Ibrahimović||Forward||38||Free Agent||Permanent deal, six-month contract + option to renew|
|Simon Kjær||Defender||30||Sevilla||6-month loan deal with option to buy for €2.5m|
|Asmir Begović||Goalkeeper||32||Bournemouth||6-month loan deal|
|Alexis Saelemaekers||Forward||20||Anderlecht||6-month loan deal with option to buy €7-8m, can turn into an obligation|
|Diego Laxalt||Defender||26||Torino||Returned from loan deal|
A few players were sent away, allowing Milan to cut some costs. Pepe Reina, who was making €3m per season, Fabio Borini, who was making €2.5m per season, and Mattia Caldara, €2.2m, have all left the club this window. Suso is also gone after four years and he will try to get his career back on track at Sevilla, while Krzysztof Piątek is off to Germany after one year in Red and Black.
|Player Name||Role||Age||Went To||Details (fees unconfirmed)|
|Mattia Caldara||Defender||25||Atalanta||18-month loan deal with option to buy for €15m|
|Pepe Reina||Goalkeeper||37||Aston Villa||6-month loan deal|
|Fabio Borini||Forward||28||Hellas Verona||Released from contract|
|Suso||Forward||26||Sevilla||18-month loan deal with option to buy for €21m, can turn into an obligation|
|Krzysztof Piątek||Forward||24||Hertha BSC||Permanent deal, €28m|
|Ricardo Rodríguez||Defender||27||PSV||6-month loan deal, €1m|