AC Milan have signed seven new players so far this summer, spending around €129m in the process, but now comes the need to trim the squad and sell.
As noted by MilanNews.it, the figure for spending currently stands at €129m, but that is likely to continue to rise with various targets still being linked with a move to the San Siro.
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In order to start to balance the books where possible though, a number of players deemed surplus to requirements must now be offloaded, creating space in the squad for the new signings to flourish while also raising additional funds to reinvest.
The report goes on to suggest that up to 11 players could now be at risk of leaving this summer, with Carlos Bacca, Gabriel Paletta, Mattia De Sciglio, Leonel Vangioni, Andrea Bertolacci, Jose Sosa, M’Baye Niang, Gianluca Lapadula, Rodrigo Ely, Gustavo Gomez and Cristian Zapata all up for sale.
While there may well have been a fear that some of these players couldn’t be offloaded, speculation has linked a number of them with interested parties which suggests that the problem won’t be in getting rid of them.
Instead, Milan must get the right transfer fees, as they can’t afford to just axe these individuals for little gain. While it will help in the long-run to get their wages off the books, it will be useful to strengthen the coffers with serious bids.
Juraj Kucka completed his move to Trabzonspor last week, and it’s widely expected that he will be far from the last man to leave the Rossoneri this summer, with the likes of Bacca, De Sciglio, Niang and Lapadula expected to bring in decent figures.
In contrast, Milan must also be careful not to lose too much depth, as with the potential of 50+ games next season given their participation in the Europa League, they won’t want to be left short either.