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Ranking AC Milan’s Summer Signings So Far

When Chinese consortium took charge of AC Milan back in April, the moneybags promised to restore the sleeping giants back to their former glory. Well, that hasn’t been achieved at least yet; but with the sort of mighty investments we’ve seen thus far, then it is very much feasible.

As many as nine fresh faces have arrived the San Siro as Vincenzo Montella continues to overhaul his squad. Going by this rate, then we should expect even more additions to the team before the transfer window finally shuts down in August. That said, we find out which of these signings will potentially have the biggest impact.

9 – Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini may have flopped in his six years in England, but the 26-year-old is still highly regarded in his homeland, hence move to Lombardy. The one-time capped Italian forward initially joins the Milanese powerhouse on a season-long loan before completing a £5.1m move from Sunderland next summer.

Borini will provide Montella with lots of option in attack owing to the fact that he is comfortable anywhere in attack.

8 – Franck Kessie

Perhaps not the glamour signing many Milan fans were hoping for, but when it comes without any fee, then could be pardoned. Franck Kessie joins on loan from Atlanta after a stellar season, where he notched six goals from a holding midfield role.

The 20-year-old brings depth and is likely to compete with Manuel Locatelli and captain Riccardo Montolivo for a place in Montella’s expected 4-3-3 system.

7 – Mateo Musacchio

Montella grasped his rebuilding process will be disastrous without an established centre-back, hence Mateo Musacchio. The six-time capped Argentina international was snapped from Villarreal for around £15.3m. He brings a huge wealth of experience from Spain, having played 249 competitive games for the Yellow Submarine.

6 – Ricardo Rodriguez

At the moment, not too many left-backs can match up with Milan’s newest acquisition, Ricardo Rodriguez. In terms of defending, the 24-year-old Swiss international is a monster; flaunting unparalleled stamina, energy and aerial presence.

But his contribution in the attack was certainly what triggered the Italians to fork out £15.3m to VfL Wolfsburg. Rodríguez created 26 chances across 24 matches for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga last season.

5 – Andrea Conti

Right-back, Andrea Conti was one of the stand-out performers from Atlanta’s historic season. The 22-year-old was immense at wing-back. He shuttled up and down the right flank in La Dea’s 3-4-2-1 all season; creating 28 chances, winning 51 tackles as well as making 75 interceptions and 67 clearances. Milan found him too good to resist and consequently made away with £21.2m.

4 – Lucas Biglia

The capture of Lazio skipper, Lucas Biglia, is certainly a show of intent by Milan. This is because the 31-year-old has proved to be one of the finest midfielders in Italy. As at Friday, July 14th, the Argentine was reportedly undoing a medical with the club. “This is my decision only, Lazio has always treated me well. I can only thank the club and the fans, joining AC Milan is my personal choice.”

3 – Hakan Calhanoglu

Almost a decade ago, Milan had the world’s most-rounded attacking midfielder in Kaka. But ever since the Brazilian left, it’s been nothing but quick fixes, all failing in the long run. Well, it appears the club’s long wait for a playmaker in that mould has finally come to an end following the arrival of  Hakan Calhanoglu from Bayer Leverkusen.

Like Kaka, the 23-year-old signed for £18.7 million has the ability to score and create goals with ease. He somewhat offers a little bit more considering his dead ball prowess.

2 – Andre Silva

At £32 million, Andre Silva joins from FC Porto as one of the most expensive buy and as usual, with great expectations. A centre-forward adept to playing anywhere in attack, Silva could just be the solution to the club’s unending striking conundrum.

He moves to the Rossoneri on the back of registering some impressive numbers for Porto the last term: notably creating 39 chances across 32 matches and bagging 16 goals with a shot accuracy of 53%.

1 – Leonardo Bonucci

Which signing supersedes that of the best centre-back in Europe? Unarguably none. The departure of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan comes somewhat as a shock to everyone considering his achievement with Juventus. Perhaps more surprising is the Turin giants resolve to allow the 30-year-old join a rival team.

As at Friday, July 14th, the defender was reportedly undoing a medical with a fee of around £35.1m already agreed.

About the Author Toby Prince

An unrepentant soccer freak other freaks call geek.

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