Just before the turn of the year, things began to look up for Gennaro Gattuso and AC Milan. Gattuso has overseen a steady improvement in fortunes after an inauspicious beginning. This is reflected in the former Italian international being awarded a three-year contract. But where now for the club?
David Moyes will be doing well to secure an extension to his current contract at West Ham. But one player that the West Ham board will be anxious to retain following a season of turbulence is Domingos Quina. Quina may not be a regular starter in a team whose sole purpose at this juncture is to survive. But he is seen as a player with huge potential.
His attacking prowess is something that a less cautious manager than Moyes may have given more game time to but the innate ability is there and Italy may be just the place for him to prosper. With Manchester United and Liverpool also believed to be in the hunt, Gatuso may need to act fast to tempt the Portuguese teenager to the San Siro.
Sami Castillejo, the Villarreal midfielder, is a known target for Gattuso and the Milan board. Whether they will be put off by a €40 million release clause or not remains to be seen. But the Spaniard’s attacking ability is something that could aide a passage into Champions League football next season, if, as expected, they do not qualify this term.
With a sharp turn of pace, excellent crossing ability, and genuine agility and balance, Castillejo would potentially be a breath of fresh hair for the club. A creative influence, his short passing game in tight spaces is something that could increase the margins of possible success for Milan. He would be a worthwhile investment. But landing his signature will be the hard part.
Milan’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has been known to be a fan of the Arsenal midfielder. It’s an improbable but potentially exciting move for the England international, who has returned to form this season following long-term injury problems. But, now, it seems a trip to Russia in this summer’s World Cup is a very real possibility, on the back of a consistent run of form in an Arsenal side that have been anything but.
His tidy game would fit in well with the pace of Serie A football. With a cultured foot, his ability to build attacks at a steady pace is not something always appreciated in the Premier League but would be quite at home in Italy. Whether Milan encourage him to find out for himself, remains to be seen.