As rival clubs make moves to strengthen ahead of the decisive part of the 2021-22 season, there is a growing angst among AC Milan fans as the club are seemingly only going to sign a teenage striker.
MilanNews writes how the definitive agreement between Juventus and Fiorentina for the transfer of Dusan Vlahovic has sent social media into a frenzy with a lot of Milan fans making their voices heard, given that the best striker in the league currently is heading to a team that could yet become a very direct rival in the battle for a place in the Champions League.
Vlahovic would have served Milan well too there is no doubt about it, when given the advanced age of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud and the failure of Pietro Pellegri, while Marko Lazetic is not yet ready to contribute the same output.
The refereeing catastrophe in Milan’s 2-1 defeat to Spezia and the failure to score against Juve has caused some anger among the Milan environments, with the general consensus that something is missing in order to be close to move to the next step which is to overhaul Inter and win the title.
There is frustration too because Juve and Inter’s problems with huge losses and debts have been well documented, while the former continue to rely on loans to generate funds and the latter are issuing bonds to try and get €415m of money in.
The question being asked is why direct competitors in worse financial situations currently can close negotiations worth several tens of millions when Milan on the other hand must rely on an 18-year-old from Belgrade.
However, while sporting results are obviously important to Milan’s owners Elliott Management because of the things that come from it, they must also go hand in hand with patience. Years of neglect from previous owners and directors plunged the Rossoneri into unsustainable losses, a Settlement Agreement with UEFA was needed to retain a place in European competitions moving forward and a suspension of one year was served.
Milan have a target to hit in terms of losses and they are still over €90m in the red. A new meeting will be held with UEFA to discuss the positive work done under CEO Ivan Gazidis and since Elliott took over, but until the situation is clearer Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara will not risk over three years of careful work on a signing worth €70m+.
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