Overall rating of the transfer window4,5 / 10
A transfer window? What mercato? This summer, it is the crisis in Milan. No gold coins in boxes, not in purchasing power and the icing on the cake, a president who will have to give up his duties because he has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Milan has played the card of low cost. 3 million euros for Andrea Poli, 4 for the young Riccardo Saponara, 2 Colombian defender Jherson Vergara, and nothing for the defender Mattia Silvestre on loan from Inter. 9 million spent, no more, no less, and 4 million in funds that come from the sale of Strasser in Genoa. It seems far, far away, the time when Milan slammed huge sums to bring the biggest stars. It must be said that basically the Rossoneri club hoped to sell a few gems, like last season, to reinvest. But the transfer of Robinho to Santos overturned, while the Boateng (to Dortmund?) Slow to materialize. So, no money coming in, so no expense. But on the other hand, one can understand the perspective of leaders Milan. Last year, Milan face resolutely changed after the arrival of Balotelli in January. Since the arrival of striker Nazionale, Milan took 35 points in 16 league games, or 2.18 points per game. Over the same period, only the Italian champions Juventus did better, with 38 points (2,37). Allegri also confirmed by the leaders, will therefore leave the certitudes in the last six months, with virtually the same number. And do-you never know, a blow last minute is always possible, especially if Milan won his ticket to the group stage of the Champions League. Here, also, news of Keisuke Honda?
The (or) player (s) to follow
A player to watch, of course. Mario Balotelli. Last year, Balo lived a very complicated first part of season at Manchester City. When he returned to Italy, at the end of January, this is the release for him. He plants a brace in his first match at the San Siro, then connects the pins, for a total of 12 at the end of the season (13 appearances). This time, Allegri will be able to count on him on the first day, and Mario will have to don the costume of the leader of this team. A suit that can go rob him if he assumes. Especially at the end of the season, there is a World Cup he dreams of being the great protagonist for the Azzurri. Another player to watch is Stephan El Shaarawy. An Italian striker team had reverse parable of the Balo: an early season barrel, and a second part much more complicated. During the first four months, it is he who brought AC Milan on his shoulders, preventing it from falling into the depths of the rankings. But at 20, he has failed to keep pace throughout the season and finished on the ball. Summer has enabled him to perk up, and leave on good bases. His first season in Milan was that of the discovery, the second that of the explosion, the third must be that of the final statement. Finally, we also look forward to discovering Serie A Riccardo Saponara, midfielder of the Italian U21 team, author of 13 goals last season in Serie B Empoli. 21, the ideal age to form a beautiful skewer with Balo and El Shaarawy.
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