It’s not even mid-June yet and AC Milan have signed three players already, the latest being defender Ricardo Rodriguez who arriving from Wolfsburg for a fee in the region of €17 million.
The Swiss international follows Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessie in joining the Rossoneri, as supporters revel in what could be a defining summer for the Italian giants.
It does not look like the Rossoneri, under the new ownership of a wealthy Chinese consortium, are done signing players, with a further trio of deals said to be in the pipeline.
A €50 million double swoop for Lazio pair Lucas Biglia and Keita Balde Diao is looking more likely by the day, with the agent of Diao confirming that the two clubs have reached an agreement on the transfer fee.
In addition, shortly after the signing of Rodriguez was announced by the club, the representative of Atalanta’s in-demand full-back Andrea Conti was spotted making his way into the San Siro club’s HQ.
While it’s one thing aimlessly splashing out money on new signings, it’s a completely different story when you’re addressing key weaknesses and bringing quality players through the door. Milan are undoubtedly going with the latter, as they have now hopefully solved three problem spots in the starting lineup and it’s not even a month since last season ended.
Just taking into account the players they have officially signed, Milan is a much better side than they were last month when the season ended.
Musacchio will look to form a formidable partnership with Alessio Romagnoli in the heart of the Milan defence, depending on what system Vincenzo Montella goes with, while Kessie’s presence and tenacity will be most welcome in the middle of the pitch.
As for Rodriguez, his versatility will make him a dream for Montella. Whether it be on the left of a back three, at left-back in a back four or even as a wing-back in a midfield five, the choices are endless when it comes to the 24-year-old.
Defensively solid and technically sound, he’ll add to the solidity of the backline while also offering something going forward with his delivery and energy on the left flank. At 24, much like Musacchio and Kessie, his prime years are still ahead of him and coupled with his €17 million transfer fee, it’s another great bit of business from the Milan hierarchy.
With the Europa League qualifiers to consider at the end of July, the strategy seems to be pretty simple: Milan want to assemble this new-look squad in time for the start of the preseason schedule, giving Montella ample time to settle, prepare and get this team ready. That alone should be applauded as brilliant management.