The takeover of AC Milan has yet to be completed, but that hasn’t stopped wild speculation linking the club with various big-money summer moves.
Sino-Europe Sports are expected to announce completion on March 3 with further discussions scheduled for this week, and with their arrival comes the hope that significant transfer funds will be made available for the Rossoneri to sign big-name players to build a much stronger squad.
While it’s worth taking these rumours with a pinch of salt given that the takeover hasn’t yet happened and with no Champions League football likely for next season, it could be difficult to attract the top players in Europe immediately.
Nevertheless, according to Corriere dello Sport, Milan will target former starlet and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero as part of their masterplan with Roberto Mancini at the helm rather than Vincenzo Montella.
Aubameyang, who as reported by The Daily Mail last month has a £70m price-tag, left the Serie A giants in 2011 due to a lack of opportunities and has since gone on to become one of the top strikers in Europe.
As a result, it would be a major turnaround on the club’s part to now spend big to bring him back, while Aguero could be considering an exit from City after being left on the bench the last two games with new recruit Gabriel Jesus earning the limelight.
Corriere dello Sport note that it would involve Mancini being in charge, as given his ties to the incoming board members, specifically CEO Marco Fassone and sporting director Massimo Mirabelli previously at Inter, he could become an option at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Calciomercato also report that Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie has become a target, with Milan set to rival Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Juventus, Inter and Roma for his signature.
It’s claimed in the report that Mirabelli and Fassone met with the 20-year-old’s agent in Milan on Monday afternoon as they look to snatch him from the grasp of their rivals and continue to build a youthful and talented squad.
As mentioned above, it really is difficult to take too much of this seriously until a takeover is completed and the new ownership’s intentions are made clear as Montella now seemingly has a nervous wait too.
Nevertheless, it will certainly build excitement amongst Milan supporters over what the future holds, as it has been some time since they were able to sign big names in European football.
What that means for the youth project remains to be seen, with the likes of Manuel Locatelli and Davide Calabria making big breakthroughs over the last year or so along with Gianluigi Donnarumma and Alessio Romagnoli.
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