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Old Today, 08:22   #25901
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Nice editorial.

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The new Milan takes shape: here is the sign of Zorro

16.06.2019 00:00 by Fabrizio Tomasello

A long gestation, then finally the long-awaited news. The double official announcement that consecrated Paolo Maldini on the AC Milan command bridge and brought home Zvonimir Boban had the extraordinary power to return enthusiasm and confidence to a fan base hard hit in recent weeks. First the Champions League vanished at the last second of the last day, then the double abandonment of Gattuso and Leonardo and the consequent umpteenth corporate revolution, then the disturbing economic and political events standing on the Milan-Nyon-Lausanne front with regard to the issues of the FPF, there were so many reasons to be dark in the Rossoneri's home. It was enough, however, to hear Boban's symphony on his first day as the club's Chief Football Officer,
Because Boban is not just an old glory, Boban is not just a flag, Boban is not and never will be just a great former representative. Zvone is one of the brightest minds ever to have lit world football. And at FIFA they know it well. His flamboyant intelligence, combined with an unquestionable managerial ability, a diplomatic ability as a grand consul and an endless Rossoneri passion, will undoubtedly make him the most important purchase of the season. The guarantee that the devil's fans waited for to certify the good intentions of Elliott.

Boban will be in charge of all the sporting and political parts of the club, leaving the task of managing all financial aspects to the ad Gazidis. At this point it is fundamental that we do not create discontent or frictions linked to skills and overlaps (see what has already happened between the South African manager and Leonardo) and that the various thinking heads of Casa Milan manage to work in harmony, together but in full autonomy. If this is the case, the beneficial effects of this new corporate revolution will be visible immediately.

Obviously they are hot days even for the market. With the forthcoming formalization of Ricky Massara in the role of sports director and Marco Giampaolo on the Rossoneri's bench, it's time to start outlining the guidelines that will give life to the new Milan.
I decided to trust in the departure of the goodness of the decisions that Boban and Maldini will take in the buying campaign, but some consideration on some negotiations and on the many names juxtaposed in the last days at the club in Via Aldo Rossi it is necessary to do it.
Let's start with the defense. As I reiterated last week, a club ready to claim national and international re-launch ambitions cannot disregard the purest talent present at Milanello, Donnarumma. He and Romagnoli must necessarily represent the present and the future of Milan. With all due respect to the various Perin, Cragno and the same Reina and Plizzari, none represents a credible alternative to Gigione. If sacrifice will have to be for budgetary reasons, that someone else will end up on the market.
The Andersen suggestion excites me a lot (as well as the one that leads to the Belgian Praet, everything to do in midfield that I have always appreciated very much). The Danish of Sampdoria is a class of '96 with enormous margins of growth, capable of showing off a mix of quality and physicality that is the envy of the strongest plants in Europe. Its valuation fluctuates around 25 million, a demanding figure that could double in the space of a year. Much less understandable is the Lovren idea. The Croatian is 30 years old, he comes from a rather shady season in the Liverpool European champion (just 13 games played in the Premier, plus 3 in the Champions League), costs about 20 million and currently earns almost 6 million euros. Difficult to find a good reason for such an investment. It is true that a defender of experience could be useful to Giampaolo, but at that point you could bet everything on the renewal of Zapata. And anyway in the squad there is always Musacchio who has just one year younger than Lovren and who could complete the quartet of the Rossoneri centers with Romagnoli, Caldara and precisely Andersen.
The question concerning the midfield is more linear, where the Sensi, Praet, Torreira and Veretout objectives seem to agree. The real problem is the assessment that the club owners of the respective cards make of their players. To be clear, if Sassuolo asks for 35 million for Sensi, then Milan can legitimately expect 100 for Donnarumma, 90 for Romagnoli, 70 for Suso, 50 for Cutrone and so on. It's all right, the important thing is to agree.
And we close with the offensive department, armored by Piatek's presence. I remain convinced that someone like Patrick Cutrone should stay at home, next to the Polish, to benefit from the Giampaolo treatment. There would indeed be a gap, a second quality tip, but it could be filled by the intuition of Boban, Maldini or Massara (for example Kramaric), perhaps with the sacrifice of some players no longer functional for the new Milan like Suso, Castillejo, Andrè Silva and Borini. Let's get comfortable: the new Milan takes shape.
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Old Today, 08:24   #25902
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Laxalt and Samu up for sale, can't believe we wasted 42 millions in transfer fees for these two.

https://app.football-italia.net/?ref...&menu=news-all

Hopefully Boban + Maldini manage to get rid of all the deadwood for as much as possible.
Deadwood in for deadwood out. Those two arrived so that we could get rid of Lapadula and Bacca. Let's see if we can get some actual cash this time.
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Deadwood in for deadwood out. Those two arrived so that we could get rid of Lapadula and Bacca. Let's see if we can get some actual cash this time.
Yeah it would be great to break that vicious cycle.

Boban's words give me hope, as I said countless time selling Donnaruma will hurt our hopes for building a great team.

I wish them good luck, in the trade wars to come.


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Nice editorial.

EDITORIAL
The new Milan takes shape: here is the sign of Zorro

16.06.2019 00:00 by Fabrizio Tomasello

A long gestation, then finally the long-awaited news. The double official announcement that consecrated Paolo Maldini on the AC Milan command bridge and brought home Zvonimir Boban had the extraordinary power to return enthusiasm and confidence to a fan base hard hit in recent weeks. First the Champions League vanished at the last second of the last day, then the double abandonment of Gattuso and Leonardo and the consequent umpteenth corporate revolution, then the disturbing economic and political events standing on the Milan-Nyon-Lausanne front with regard to the issues of the FPF, there were so many reasons to be dark in the Rossoneri's home. It was enough, however, to hear Boban's symphony on his first day as the club's Chief Football Officer,
Because Boban is not just an old glory, Boban is not just a flag, Boban is not and never will be just a great former representative. Zvone is one of the brightest minds ever to have lit world football. And at FIFA they know it well. His flamboyant intelligence, combined with an unquestionable managerial ability, a diplomatic ability as a grand consul and an endless Rossoneri passion, will undoubtedly make him the most important purchase of the season. The guarantee that the devil's fans waited for to certify the good intentions of Elliott.

Boban will be in charge of all the sporting and political parts of the club, leaving the task of managing all financial aspects to the ad Gazidis. At this point it is fundamental that we do not create discontent or frictions linked to skills and overlaps (see what has already happened between the South African manager and Leonardo) and that the various thinking heads of Casa Milan manage to work in harmony, together but in full autonomy. If this is the case, the beneficial effects of this new corporate revolution will be visible immediately.

Obviously they are hot days even for the market. With the forthcoming formalization of Ricky Massara in the role of sports director and Marco Giampaolo on the Rossoneri's bench, it's time to start outlining the guidelines that will give life to the new Milan.
I decided to trust in the departure of the goodness of the decisions that Boban and Maldini will take in the buying campaign, but some consideration on some negotiations and on the many names juxtaposed in the last days at the club in Via Aldo Rossi it is necessary to do it.
Let's start with the defense. As I reiterated last week, a club ready to claim national and international re-launch ambitions cannot disregard the purest talent present at Milanello, Donnarumma. He and Romagnoli must necessarily represent the present and the future of Milan. With all due respect to the various Perin, Cragno and the same Reina and Plizzari, none represents a credible alternative to Gigione. If sacrifice will have to be for budgetary reasons, that someone else will end up on the market.
The Andersen suggestion excites me a lot (as well as the one that leads to the Belgian Praet, everything to do in midfield that I have always appreciated very much). The Danish of Sampdoria is a class of '96 with enormous margins of growth, capable of showing off a mix of quality and physicality that is the envy of the strongest plants in Europe. Its valuation fluctuates around 25 million, a demanding figure that could double in the space of a year. Much less understandable is the Lovren idea. The Croatian is 30 years old, he comes from a rather shady season in the Liverpool European champion (just 13 games played in the Premier, plus 3 in the Champions League), costs about 20 million and currently earns almost 6 million euros. Difficult to find a good reason for such an investment. It is true that a defender of experience could be useful to Giampaolo, but at that point you could bet everything on the renewal of Zapata. And anyway in the squad there is always Musacchio who has just one year younger than Lovren and who could complete the quartet of the Rossoneri centers with Romagnoli, Caldara and precisely Andersen.
The question concerning the midfield is more linear, where the Sensi, Praet, Torreira and Veretout objectives seem to agree. The real problem is the assessment that the club owners of the respective cards make of their players. To be clear, if Sassuolo asks for 35 million for Sensi, then Milan can legitimately expect 100 for Donnarumma, 90 for Romagnoli, 70 for Suso, 50 for Cutrone and so on. It's all right, the important thing is to agree.
And we close with the offensive department, armored by Piatek's presence. I remain convinced that someone like Patrick Cutrone should stay at home, next to the Polish, to benefit from the Giampaolo treatment. There would indeed be a gap, a second quality tip, but it could be filled by the intuition of Boban, Maldini or Massara (for example Kramaric), perhaps with the sacrifice of some players no longer functional for the new Milan like Suso, Castillejo, Andrè Silva and Borini. Let's get comfortable: the new Milan takes shape.
Yes it is a good one. Especially liked the part it is highlighted that their spheres should be well defined to prevent conflict. Boban will not stand for Gazidis' interference.

Also very level headed opinion on transfers.


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Manolas to Napoli next week?
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Napoli are reportedly ready to meet the €36m release clause of Roma defender Kostas Manolas and offer him a five-year contract.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, Manolas will earn €4m a season if he accepts the proposal, while Napoli will meet his agent Mino Raiola next week to finalise the transfer.

Schira adds the Partenopei will pay €36m for the Greece international, despite rumours that midfielder Amadou Diawara had been offered in exchange to reduce the fee.



Milan favourites for Mario Rui?
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Milan are reportedly in pole position for Napoli left-back Mario Rui as a return to Roma is ‘impossible’.

According to Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedulla, incoming Milan Coach Marco Giampaolo has requested Mario Rui be brought in.

The pair worked together at Empoli during the 2015-2016 campaign, helping the Tuscan finish 10th Serie A, with the defender starting 36 League games.
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Manolas to Napoli next week?
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Napoli are reportedly ready to meet the €36m release clause of Roma defender Kostas Manolas and offer him a five-year contract.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, Manolas will earn €4m a season if he accepts the proposal, while Napoli will meet his agent Mino Raiola next week to finalise the transfer.

Schira adds the Partenopei will pay €36m for the Greece international, despite rumours that midfielder Amadou Diawara had been offered in exchange to reduce the fee.



Milan favourites for Mario Rui?
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Milan are reportedly in pole position for Napoli left-back Mario Rui as a return to Roma is ‘impossible’.

According to Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedulla, incoming Milan Coach Marco Giampaolo has requested Mario Rui be brought in.

The pair worked together at Empoli during the 2015-2016 campaign, helping the Tuscan finish 10th Serie A, with the defender starting 36 League games.
On Manolas, 4m a season... surely we can offer that.. he is too good to let walk to another rival plus we weaken a direct rival in Roma.

On Rui, I don’t mind him to be honest I know he wasn’t great at Napoli but Giampaolo made him a really good player. How much will he cost?


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On Manolas, 4m a season... surely we can offer that.. he is too good to let walk to another rival plus we weaken a direct rival in Roma.

On Rui, I don’t mind him to be honest I know he wasn’t great at Napoli but Giampaolo made him a really good player. How much will he cost?
The issue with Manolas is Napoli already have an offer in and - currently - a "better" team with CL football. While Milan have to balance books and sell someone first before having the funds for Manolas. I say that because it's stupid to first buy Manolas and realize we don't get what is expected for Donna/Suso/Kessie/etc whoever we offload and then still need midfielders and a top SS.

I think the focus is on the "empty" roles that need filled first, then on a CB once the club knows how much it has to work with. It's likely deemed Roma/Musa + one other is enough until Caldara is fit and if Milan isn't able to get Manolas, since looking at players like Lovren/Andersen/Mancini also.

On Rui, if we can sell Laxalt and get Rui for the same value, I guess it's alright. Not the best option but worked well as you said with Giampaolo at Empoli and can still prove himself to compete with RR.


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