Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla could join Serie A giants AC Milan during the January transfer window as Arsenal are reportedly set to cut their losses on the player.
Despite his injury concerns, AC Milan have been on his case for long. The Sun reports that Milan and Juventus are keen on landing the player when the transfer window opens in the New Year. There is a void left with the departure of Paul Pogba, and the huge transfer gain would be enough to offset any price tag the Gunners would place on Cazorla.
Juventus coach Masimiliano Allegri is a fan of the player and would be willing to land him as an extra option in the squad if Arsenal would agree in January. He would have to battle recently hired Vincenzo Montella and the Chinese consortium money Milan would be bringing to the table.
Milan were reported to be interested in Spurs forward Harry Kane, but Express Sport says Milan thinks Cazorla is a statement signing and would be easier to poach. Harry Kane wants a much-improved deal financially, and that has paused negotiations about a new deal. Spurs would definitely want to get the best deal if the player were to leave. However, Cazorla’s deal with Arsenal is set to end next year. This means the player can seriously enter talks with other clubs very soon, particularly as Arsenal have not agreed a new deal with him yet. Since 2012 Cazorla has appeared 177 times for the Gunners.
AC Milan are keen on landing Algeria international Riyad Mahrez next summer, reports in Italy say.
There have been rumours that EPL players are set to join AC Milan, particularly with reported trips to England of the new sporting director of the club, Massimiliano Mirabelli. Reports say Mirabelli has approached the Foxes to name their release price for Mahrez – who has had a relatively underwhelming season.
Since Mahrez only signed a new deal this summer, it would take a lot for Milan to sign the Leicester City star. AC Milan are working at repositioning the club to the heights the club used to be, and they would be willing to go the extra mile to achieve their aim especially with the new owners backing them.
Aside Mahrez, there are reports linking Milan to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. The 24-year old English player is on loan to fellow Premier League side Bournemouth. However, the out-of-favour star might not oppose a deal to Italy if the terms are favourable. AS Roma and Milan were linked to the player this summer but the deal didn’t happen as Arsenal preferred to keep him in England.
Wilshere has featured in eight games for the Cherries this term but is international profile might be taking a hit. He was on the bench in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland, as Gareth Southgate preferred other players. He might get a chance when England play Spain in a friendly on Tuesday, November 15. Arsenal have insisted that there was still a future for the player at the Emirates, but the recent stability in the squad might force Wilshere to look elsewhere.
AC Milan has made a change in their football philosophy and started to rely more on young players to get them back to the top of the Serie A.
The average age of the teams that have played for AC Milan this season is 24 years old, and this has been a radical change from recent years. Three of these players are product of the AC Milan Academy, and they are joined by some other talented youngsters coming from other clubs.
And when you know that AC Milan already have some young players such as Alessandro Plizzari, Rodrigo Ely and Manuel Locatelli who have already established themselves as important members of the team you can easily understand that AC Milan is on the way to becoming one of the best clubs in Italy again.
However, pundits believe that the young players should step up and make sure that they repay the trust that is being put in them. Although they are playing well at the moment, the players have a tendency to become complacent in games and give away cheap goals. Time and again, they had to rely on the talent of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to make important saves to keep them from going behind.
It seems that AC Milan is on the right path and that they may reach their objective of qualifying for Europe at the end of this season. It is still early in the season, and we will have to wait at least for the beginning of next year to find out whether the team is progressing and whether they will be able to clinch a place to get back into Europe.
As per Berlusconi, because of more than seventy court cases which are running against him, he has had to spend almost half his time with his legal team for some time and thus he has failed to focus on Milan.
In Berlusconi’s words, “Every alternate day, I am going for a meeting with people who are fighting my cases. The cases are just so many and my legal team always has something or the other to discuss with me. A lot of time goes to it and it’s been impossible for me to oversee all the Milan affairs myself. So, if you see Milan is presently not where it was in the past, you can put it down to me.”
“None of world’s Football teams has more trophies than Milan and it fills me with pride, but, I really wish I could have been a little more active as a chairman.” read more …
AC Milan new directors may make a move for Chelsea’s midfielder in the January transfer window. The new owners want to rebuild AC Milan and are looking for quality players to improve their team. Cesc Fabregas who has lost his first team place in the Chelsea time might be opened to a move away from the London team but has yet to confirm whether he wants a move to Italy.
It is believed that Chelsea’s representative have held meetings with the AC Milan’s directors and have discussed the possibility of selling Cesc Fabregas to the Italian club. read more …
AC Milan fans will be left disappointed after a lack of big names arrival at the Italian club.
They will be hoping that the new Chinese investors will be investing money at the end of the year so that they can buy new players in the January transfer window. Discussions are still going on, and it is believed that any injection of cash will be done by the end of the year when talks would have been finalized.
At the moment the AC Milan coach will be looking to patch up the team here and there to help them compete in the first part of the season. The coach Vincenzo Montella has brought in 4 players during the transfer window namely Gustavo Gomez, Jose Sosa, Mario Pasalic and Matias Fernandez and he will be hoping that they could improve the club.
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AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella is of the opinion that his team played extremely well in the friendly against Chelsea and were highly unlucky to lose the game. Milan lost the game 3-1 despite creating a number of chances in the match.
He has also come up against Montella as a manager in recent years. Montella was at Fiorentina before recently taking over at Milan. The former Fiorentina boss has a tough job on his hands to revive the fallen Italian giants. Without much help from owner Silvio Berlusconi, the club is finding it hard to compete at the very top on a regular basis. In fact, they have not been at the top for quite a while and Montella is aware that it will take a lot of investment in order to get the club back to where they belong. He is hoping that Milan are aware of the situation and give him funds to invest in the summer.
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It is believed that Carlos Bacca might be leaving AC Milan in the summer.
It is reported that the Colombia international has already had a chat with the AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella and has told him that he will be leaving the Italian club as he wants to participate in the Champions League.
It is believed that there are currently different European teams that are interested in signing the player. One of those clubs is Arsenal, who is desperate to get a new striker after they have failed to secure he signing of Jamie Vardy. Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his attack, but so far he is finding it hard to sign a quality striker.
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AC Milan are reportedly looking to go under foreign ownership just like their arch rivals Inter Milan.
The health of the former Italian Prime Minister has been extremely poor in recent times. He has just been admitted in hospital with a severe heart problem. It is rumoured that Milan, which remains his prized asset, could be sold before the lifetime of Berlusconi. Even though his daughter is part of the club, they have been criticised in his recent years for failing to put in adequate money to ensure that the club remained as one of the top guns in world football. Milan are no longer the top in world football. In fact, they have slipped down the ladder at Italian level as well. read more …
Cristian Brocchi was chosen as the replacement for Sinisa Mihajlovic after AC Milan decided to sack the manager.
Brocchi was only in charge of the youth team when he heard about the interest directly from president Silvio Berlusconi. Milan have been through a number of managers in recent years. It was surprising that Milan decided to part company with Mihajlovic especially given that the club was making improvements in the league table. After finishing near the top 10 of the table in the last few years, Milan are on course to even qualify for the Europa League.
Berlusconi decided to act after seeing the club suffer a 2-1 loss against table leaders Juventus. It was a good performance from Milan, but Mihajlovic was always going to go out. Brocchi has made an instant impact by getting a 1-0 win over Sampdoria. Brocchi says that he thought Berlusconi only wanted to talk about the youth team when he was summoned to a meeting with the president. Brocchi will be in charge of the club until the end of the campaign. He has been given the objective of qualifying for Europe. If he meets the target, there is a possibility of Brocchi being awarded the permanent role. read more …