The Milan management held a meeting with the media: discussed the renewals of Gigio and Hakan, Bakayoko, January mercato, Theo’s deputies and more…

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Ivan Gazidis and Paolo Maldini during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on June 28, 2020. (Jonathan Moscrop Sportimage)

The Milan management had an informal meeting at San Siro with journalists and discussed some points.

The transfer market came to an end earlier this week and today CEO Ivan Gazidis, Technical Director Paolo Maldini and Director of Sport Frederic Massara had a meeting with journalists at San Siro, an informal press conference of sorts.

The Milan trio discussed several topics, as summarized by Milannews.it:

Renewals: The club shows confident in the renewals of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Çalhanoğlu. The two players, who are crucial in the system of coach Stefano Pioli, have expiring deals at the end of the season and the situation will be dealt with in the coming days.

January mercato: In January the club will continue to invest to improve the Milan squad, even if €50 million signings will not be made. Milan will not be looking at free agents, and therefore the name of Mario Mandžukić can be excluded; the striker was today released from Al-Duhail.

Summer mercato: It was a market where Milan achieved all the objectives set. As for the central defender, technical and economic evaluations were made and in the end it was decided to trust those who were already in the squad.

Frederic Massara, Paolo Maldini, Diogo Dalot and Ivan Gazidis at Casa Milan. (@acmilan.com)

The operations of the mercato: Milan had well-defined priorities at the beginning of the market, namely buying-out Kjær, the renewal of Ibrahimović and getting Rebić and Saelemaekers on permanent basis. The club then went for players capable of strengthening the Milan squad, such as Brahim and Hauge, players who were followed by Milan for some time. The Tonali opportunity was seized thanks also the support of the owners who supported the ideas of the management and never shrank from investments to be made. Once all the priorities were done, Milan stayed at the window to seize any mercato opportunities. In the last few days, the Rossoneri tried to take a central defender but the opportunities that arose were not so good to seize and therefore in the end it was decided to stay with this defensive department.

Bakayoko: There were talks for a long time but for technical and economic reasons it was decided to stay with Krunić. The Tonali opportunity also changed the plans for the Rossoneri. Maldini and Massara still hold Bakayoko at great esteem.

The left-back: The deputies of Theo Hernandez will be both Calabria and Dalot.

Paolo Maldini, Ante Rebić, Ivan Gazidis and Frederic Massara at Casa Milan. (@acmilan.com)

The economic path: It goes hand in hand with being break-even.

New stadium: The stadium is fundamental for the economic growth of the club.

Seasonal objectives: The goal is the Champions League but if it doesn’t arrive this year then it will not be a drama. The important thing is the project and the step forward in this direction.

Pioli: His confirmation was deserved not only for the work done on the field but also thanks to the human point of view and for how he managed the pressure of recent months.

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Gaetu
Gaetu
18 days ago

Based on the news i read every day the owners dont want to make our Milan strong again, they look to sell it with profit. All the loans and young players we bought and especially the stadium project they have no intention to invest in the squad.

Karese
Karese
18 days ago
Reply to  Gaetu

Invest in what, should we keep buying needlessly, the squad is competitive enough.i don’t get the complains , we are doing very well unbeaten in 19 games , yet people still complain

JOHN THE BAPTIST ⚫
JOHN THE BAPTIST ⚫
18 days ago
Reply to  Karese

No need to complain much though, but hey the team isn’t competitive enough yet, but it depends on what you expect from this great club though.

No Romagnoli, no Ibrahimovic, no Rebic and Rio Ave almost dumped us out of the Europa League. Had that happened, the story would have been different.