In April of this year, Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux completed a takeover of AC Milan, worth €778 million, according to Forbes. Therefore, this summer’s transfer window is Milan’s first with their new Chinese owners, and they’ve hit the ground running with four early signings.
I Rossoneri’s first summer signing was Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal for a fee of €18 million on a four-year contract, as reported by Goal. The 26-year-old centre-back has six senior caps for Argentina, and played for Villarreal for seven seasons, most notably helping the club qualify for the UEFA Champions League through the competition’s playoffs in 2011. Also, Musacchio contributed to Villarreal winning the Segunda División twice. Milan are in the UEFA Europa League playoffs, the Europa League being a competition Musacchio has vast experience in.
Ivory Coast international Frank Kessié joined Milan on a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy from Atlanta, according to Sky Sports, becoming the club’s second summer signing. Last season was the defensive midfielder’s first with Atlanta in which he impressed, helping the club finish fourth, above Milan, which rewarded them a Europa League group stage spot.
Milan completed their third summer signing by paying €17 million to VfL Wolfsburg for Ricardo Rodriguez, who joins on a four season deal, as reported by goal. The 24-year-old left back is a Switzerland international, who has 45 senior caps, including 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 UEFA European Championship appearances. Rodriguez played for Wolfsburg for more than five years, during which his best team achievement was winning the DFB Pokal in 2015. A year earlier he was named 2014 Swiss footballer of the year, his greatest individual achievement. Last season Wolfsburg won the relegation playoffs 2-0 on aggregate, at the expense of Eintracht Braunschweig, to remain in the Bundesliga. However, Rodriguez played no part in the playoffs and only featured in one of the clubs final twelve games due to multiple injuries.
I Rossoneri’s most recent signing, and most expensive so far, Portugal international Andre Silva cost a fee of €38 million which could rise to €40 million, according to Sky Sports. The 21-year-old striker experienced his breakthrough last season for FC Porto, as he finished it as his former club’s top scorer with 21 goals in competitions, including an impressive four Champions League goals, which cemented his status as one of the most talented young strikers in Europe.
AC Milan made progress last season by finishing sixth, as it is their highest Serie A finish in four seasons. However, considering the big stature of the club, large investment from their new Chinese owners and the club’s brisk transfer business early in this window, their minimum short-term objective will be to return to the Champions League. Milan were last Serie A champions in 2011, and the club’s main long-term objective is to become the best club in Italy again, surpassing the dominant Juventus. The cliché ‘easier said than done’ applies to this objective of I Rossoneri, as the Old Lady continue to strengthen their ability to maintain their dominance. Ultimately, this cliché could prove to increase the appeal of Serie A, a change supporters and neutrals alike will openly welcome.