Former AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini says that it is about time that the club considered signing top players in the market. He has said that players like Michael Essien and Philippe Mexes should be sold in the January in order to make way for Sami Khedira. Essien was brought from Chelsea on a free transfer last January, while former Roma star Philippe Mexes has struggled to live up to his billing in the last few years. Apart from costing money in the form of wages, these players are also not contributing enough on the pitch according to Albertini.
Sami Khedira has proven to be a top player in the last five years. He is widely believed to be on the verge of leaving Real Madrid on a free transfer. The World Cup winner has only a few months left on his contract and negotiations have hit an impasse. Even though a number of clubs are reportedly looking at Khedira, Albertini believes that the prospect of regular football at a prestigious club like Milan will make things easy for the Rossoneri. Milan only recently brought in players like Fernando Torres, which has significantly boosted the strength on the pitch.
It is rumoured that Madrid would consider selling Khedira in January rather than allow him to leave on a free transfer. “Milan could carry out a series of releases – naturally or immediately, because some big contracts are expiring – so that they could focus all of their economic power on this deal. Khedira would represent a serious and solid investment, capable of resolving most of the structural problems of a team that can and should still be considered a work in progress. He’s a true champion. He’s experienced and thus able to take on the important responsibilities of every position in midfield,” said Albertini.
Former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says that the rumours that he fell out with manager Jose Mourinho are completely untrue because he learned a lot from the Portuguese manager. Torres played for one season under Mourinho. During the last three years at Chelsea, the Spanish international has been playing under several managers like Roberto di Matteo, Andre Villas-Boas, Carlo Ancelotti, and Rafa Benitez. All of them have tried to revive his career at Stamford Bridge only to end up losing their jobs. Mourinho appears to have won the battle after signing Diego Costa in the summer to replace Torres.
Last season, Mourinho suggested on several occasions that he did not have a proper striker in the ranks and it seemed like an indirect criticism of Torres. The 30-year-old was one of the most feared strikers before his move to Chelsea. His record at Liverpool was imperious after having scored almost one goal per game. Even though he played only one season under Mourinho and won no major title, Torres says that he is extremely happy to have learnt a lot from him. Mourinho is regarded as one of the greatest managers in world football. He is the only manage to have one league title in four different countries.
“I had a professional relationship with him. I learned so much. When I told him that I was going to Milan he wished me good luck, and he told me about the passion for football that is here. I wish him all the best, as he has done with me,” said Torres after the move to Milan. “Fernando is an incredible champion. He has won everything there is possible to win. Fernando began his career in Madrid, and even then it was clear that he was something special,” said Milan Chief executive Adriano Galliani.
AC Milan might be placing a bid for Hatem Ben Arfa, the France international, very soon. The newly appointed Rossoneri manager, Filippo Inzaghi, is an admirer of the 27-year Old winger and he has had him on his radar.
Arfa is a part of Newcastle United at the moment having joined the club 4 years back after leaving Olympique Marseille. During his time with the Magpies, he’s played more than 70 league matches and has found the back of the net 13 times.
Towards the end of the previous season, Arfa had been made to sit on the bench quite often by Alan Pardew after which it had started getting speculated that the Frenchman might be sold in the summer and it seems now that those speculations are going to be proved right.
As per the reports of some of the TV channels, Arfa has been made aware by the Newcastle management that he is not going to get playing opportunities for the first team anymore.
Newcastle’s willingness to offload Arfa is believed to have alerted quite a few clubs one of which is Marseille. The Frenchman has played for Marseille for a couple of years in the past i.e. from 2008 to 2010.
It would be very difficult for Marseille to secure this deal though. They would perhaps be beaten by Milan on the financial front.
Arfa is one of those wingers who are predominantly left footed and thus, he provides a bit of variety in the offensive line. This might be one of the reasons why Milan is keen to have him. His form in the last couple of seasons has not been as good as it should have been, but, there is no doubt that he is a class player.
The Moroccan midfielder Adel Taarabt joined Ac.Milan from QPR on a loan deal that expires at the end of the current campaign but the 24 years old player has made a number of superb performances and now a permanent deal is on the horizon at least according to his agent Vincenzo Morabito.
“Milan will take up their option and there is already a deal between the two clubs to sign him at the end of the season for a reasonable, symbolic price. It won’t be any more than €3 million or €4 million. It would mean something extraordinary if that didn’t happen.” Morabito announced.
Taarabt made his debut with the Italian club when he was featured in Ac.Milan’s Serie A match against Napoli and the Moroccan player scored a stunning goal as he dribbled the ball half way across the pitch until blasting it into the net. He has also revealed his current situation in Italy as well as saying what the objectives of Ac.Milan are.
“My agent is already talking to Milan, as I am very happy here. I have played in important games, I really like Italy and I want to stay with Milan. It was a negative period for Milan after the Champions League exit, but with the draw at Lazio everything changed’’.
“Europa League qualification is an objective above all for the fans, but we must take it one game at a time.” Taarabt said.
Considering that Taarabt has already demonstrated that he can perform well with the Italian club, it would be a wise choice for Seedorf to considering on signing the QPR player on a permanent basis as it would help them out for the upcoming seasons and they will definitely need all the help they can get.
AC Milan were knocked out of the Champions League in the most humbling circumstances after a 5-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 stage. This was a result that put more pressure on manager Clarence Seedorf, who took over only a few months ago. Seedorf rested a number of players for the weekend’s match against Udinese, which ended in a 1-0 defeat for the team. It has been rumoured that Seedorf had made a priority to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League rather than compete for the Europa league places.
The financial rewards of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League are far greater than going through an entire season of Europa league football. However, the ploy did not work after Milan allowed Atletico Madrid to take the lead after just two minutes through Diego Costa. Even though Kaka managed to get the club back into the game with a goal in the first half, the match was effectively over in the second half after goals from Raul Garcia and Turan. The defeat means that Milan have won only once in the last five matches.
They will now shift their attention to the league, in which they are 10th in the table. Seedorf said after the match that the tie was lost in the first half.
“You could see after the second goal that the team struggled psychologically to react, as they often do. The second goal turned off the light and sapped the energy from the team. We analysed the situation together. Obviously the Champions League was an important objective for us and economically for the club. We had played well in the first leg and showed in the first half that we could play on a par with Atletico, but couldn’t be consistent for the whole game,” said Seedorf.
AC Milan secured their 9th victory of this season when they overcame Sampdoria with a scoreboard of 2-0. It was the 2nd consecutive triumph that Ac.Milan claimed since Seedorf took over of the club.
This is something that Ac.Milan needs as it gives them a boost in morale and with an upcoming match against the table toppers Juventus, it certainly will be a match that Ac.Milan aren’t favorites on winning.
Seedorf knows very well the threat that Juventus represents but he stated that despite going against the club which is located at the very top of the Serie A standings, they will try to win instead of conforming to just a draw.
“Juve coach Antonio Conte’s team is doing great things. But we have one week to prepare for this match. We will play at home and we will try to win. We would go crazy if we looked at the table. We just have to try to improve and grow.
“Only at the end of the season will we analyze our campaign. There’s no doubt the win at Sampdoria has given us further strength and a morale boost to continue improving.” Seedorf said to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Ac.Milan has already fallen behind in the Champions League as they lost 2-0 against Atletico Madrid as they played in San Siro and now will have to visit the home turf of the Spanish team to play the 2nd leg and if they manage on securing a victory over Juventus, their hopes will be up when they visit the Vicente Calderon on March 12.
Overcoming both Juventus and Atletico Madrid will be easier said than done but the head coach is confident that his team is capable of doing it, and it just might be the momentum boost they need to continue charging for the top spots of Serie A.
AC Milan are looking to rebuild the club by signing young players, who are capable of playing at the peak for the next five years. This has led to the club bringing in players like Mario Balotelli in recent transfer windows, but there has been a significant drop in quality over the last few years. The Milan team, who were once challenging for the title, are now fighting to even get into the top half of the table. The club have been enduring a very bad run in the first half of the season, which sees them 11th in the table after just 18 matches.
Milan will be looking to strengthen the team in January in order to have a much better second half to the season. They have already brought in Honda from CSKA Moscow on a free transfer. The Japanese is one of the quality players around and he has cost the club nothing. The 27-year-old is now expected to be joined by FC Porto midfielder Fernando. The 26-year-old has been linked heavily with a move away from the Portuguese club. The likes of Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with him, but it now seems that Milan are in the lead.
Milan vice president Adriano Galliani, though, has rejected those rumours.
“There is nothing in particular. Many players are followed, but for Fernando, there aren’t any open negotiations. Anyway, he’s a good player. Now we have a group of 30 players and we must sell. Honda and Rami have arrived. Let’s see about letting someone leave because we have too much,” said the Milan vice president.
Milan returned from the winter break with a 3-0 win over Atalanta, and this promises to improve the fortunes of the seven time Champions League winners. They are also involved in the knockout stages of the Champions League as well.