AC Milan’s potential starting XI next season

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A new era dawns for AC Milan following the sale to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, a move which signalled the end of 31 years of ownership under Silvio Berlusconi.

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Under the watch of Silvio Berlusconi, AC Milan secured eight Serie A titles, one Italian Cup, seven Super Cups, five UEFA Champions League titles and five UEFA Super Cups

His successor, Li Yonghong, has ambitious plans to return the club to its former glory days, and has left no stone unturned with short-term business, bringing seven new faces into the side before pre-season.

But who are these new signings and how will they fit into the side? Here, we take a brief look at Milan’s new signings and come up with a potential starting XI for the opening weekend of fixtures.

Matteo Musacchio

Argentine centre-half Matteo Musacchio joins after almost eight years at Villarreal, where he established himself as a key defender for the Yellow Submarine.

However, he has suffered several injury problems throughout his time in Spain, which could be a problem for Milan going forward.

Otherwise, he looks set to form a formidable defensive partnership with young Italian international Alessio Romagnoli.

Ricardo Rodriguez

Regular Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez is another defender departing from a club where he had a long-term spell, but one that seemed inevitable following Wolfsburg’s disastrous 2016/17 campaign.

Rodriguez is a natural attacking full-back capable of playing at centre-half, which adds value to his signing as he can cover in the position when required.

He is also an upgrade on Mattia De Sciglio and shouldn’t have any problems holding down the left-back spot.

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Andre Silva has represented Portugal at every youth level and now at senior level, with a combined record of 40 goals in 83 appearances across all levels. He has hit the ground running in his senior international career, scoring eight times from 13 appearances

Andre Silva

The big-money move of AC Milan’s window thus far is Portuguese striker Andre Silva, who joins from Porto.

Milan fans got a glimpse of the 21-year-old recently at the Confederations Cup, where he scored in Portugal’s 4-0 hammering of New Zealand. He is obviously far from the finished product, but should be given time to settle and find his feet in Serie A.

Conversely, Milan don’t currently have a standout talisman in their squad, meaning Silva will likely be thrown into, and kept, in the deep end regardless of form. Sink or swim?

Hakan Calhanoglu

The most recent of Milan’s purchases, Hakan Calhanoglu adds an obvious threat from set-piece situations, and has built a reputation in Germany as one of the deadliest free-kick artists in the world.

It can be argued that the Turkish international is a direct replacement for Keisuke Honda, who leaves Milan on a free transfer.

Though just 23 years old, Calhanoglu has all the tools to be a key player for Milan. He hit double figures in goal-scoring in two of his four years in the Bundesliga, and was denied the opportunity to make it three out of four this season when he was suspended from football for four months.

Franck Kessie (loan)

20-year-old Ivorian Franck Kessie was one of several positives to come from Atalanta’s 2016/17 campaign, where they earned a Europa League spot after finishing fourth, their highest-ever league result.

Kessie, a full Ivory Coast international with 15 caps to his name, is predominantly a defensive midfielder, but has an all-round, all-action style that helped him to six goals in Serie A, the joint third-highest at the club last season.

Milan have signed Kessie on a two-year loan deal with the obligation to buy after the 24-month-period.

Fabio Borini (loan)

Certainly not the most technical player on the planet, but Fabio Borini will add tireless pressing from the front in what will likely be a peripheral/squad rotation role for his new club.

Interestingly, the Italian has only ever spent one season in Serie A, back in 2011/12 with Roma, where he scored nine league goals (the most he has ever managed in one season).

Borini is also capable of playing as a winger, which means he can share the workload out wide with Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura when required.

Andrea Conti

Italian full-back Andrea Conti rounds out AC Milan’s transfer business thus far, arriving on a five-year deal, and is Milan’s second signing from Atalanta.

The Italy under-21 player enjoyed a prolific season as a key player in Atalanta’s squad, featuring 33 times in Serie A and scoring eight goals – the second-most among Atalanta players last season.

The 23-year-olds acquisition will see him compete with, and eventually succeed, long-serving full-back Ignazio Abate, who has been at AC Milan since 2009.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. PLEASE, CORRECT THE ARTICLE: Kessie is not a loan with “option to buy”, but a loan with “must buy” for 20,00 mln € in 2019/20.

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