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Aggressive summer makeover creates massive expectations for AC Milan

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:59:00 PDT

Kaka says the signing of Leonardo Bonucci proves AC Milan plan to become one of Europe's top clubs again. Kaka says the signing of Leonardo Bonucci proves AC Milan plan to become one of Europe's top clubs again. A new Serie A season is upon us, and expectations are refreshingly high at AC Milan after a busy summer of transfer activity. Yonghong Li's takeover has brought with it 10 new signings over the past three months, with more potentially yet to come before deadline day. With more than €200 million spent on a squad overhaul though, the Rossoneri will undoubtedly harbour loftier ambitions than usual this year. Antonio Donnarumma, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Leonardo Bonucci, Ricardo Rodriguez,...

AC Milan rout Shkendija with braces from Andre Silva, Riccardo Montolivo

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:38:00 PDT

Braces from Andre Silva and Riccardo Montolivo led Milan to a comfortable first-leg win in the Europa League play-off. AC Milan turned on the style as they secured a comprehensive 6-0 win over Shkendija in their Europa League playoff first-leg clash at the San Siro on Thursday night. Braces from Andre Silva and Riccardo Montolivo coupled with goals from Fabio Borini and Luca Antonelli ensure that the Rossoneri go into the second leg with a commanding lead. Positives Milan made their superior quality count as they all but secured their place in the Europa League group stage with a commanding win. While some individuals...

Serie A preview: Is Juventus' title run set to end? Can Milan challenge again?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:10:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti previews the upcoming Serie A season with his predictions for the top four and the Scudetto winner. Serie A is back from its summer holidays this weekend. James Horncastle looks ahead to what could be the most open season in years: Key storylines Milan's spending Before Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar, the biggest story of the summer was how Milan were spending at a rate not seen since Roman Abramovich became Chelsea owner in 2003. The scale of the investment -- €215.5m -- and its targeted nature has lent credibility to the project even though doubts remain about exactly how much of the...

Manuel Locatelli shines for AC Milan in summer of huge upheaval

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:11:00 PDT

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini shares his thoughts on the club's summer of spending with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti. With the addition of Europa League qualifiers to AC Milan's summer schedule, it has been a tricky period for Vincenzo Montella to manage. Having welcomed 10 new signings to his squad this summer, he has had to integrate individuals at various stages all while building towards qualifying for Europe and preparing for the new Serie A campaign. It's been a mixed bag in terms of performances and results, with Wednesday's friendly against Real Betis offering an opportunity for several players to get 90...

Rumours rated: Dembele to Barcelona, Ibrahimovic to Milan, Kovacic to Juve

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Stevie Nicol sifts through the latest rumours around Drinkwater, Mbappe, Rose, Barkley and more in Rumour Rater. Steve Nicol believes the manner in which Inter Milan have kept suitors away from Ivan Perisic is a model for other clubs to follow. With attention focusing on the summer transfer window, David Amoyal predicts how likely it is that these rumoured moves actually happen. Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona: 55 percent Liverpool's unwillingness to part ways with Philippe Coutinho has led the Borussia Dortmund attacker to become the priority for Barcelona. The Blaugrana have made their first official offer to the German club, around €70 million plus various bonuses. Yet Dortmund are holding out for a bigger return, especially...

Europe's top 21 aged 21 or under: AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Gianluigi Donnarumma recently signed a four-year contract extension with AC Milan. A fine shot-stopper, comfortable with the ball at his feet and capable of commanding his area, Gianluigi Donnarumma will replace Gianluigi Buffon and could be Italy's No. 1 for the next two decades. That's why he's on Michael Cox's list of the best 21 players in Europe aged 21 or under. To find out who else Cox considers to be among Europe's best young players, click here.

Franck Kessie, Patrick Cutrone star as Milan finish UEL job vs. Craiova

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 03:23:00 PDT

Youngster Patrick Cutrone scored another goal for Milan and surely looks to have locked down a place in the first-team. AC Milan booked their place in the Europa League qualification playoffs with a 2-0 win over Universitatea Craiova on Thursday night, advancing 3-0 on aggregate. With 65,763 in attendance at the San Siro, a superb turnout given the game in question, goals from Giacomo Bonaventura and Patrick Cutrone sealed a well-deserved win in an impressive display from the Rossoneri.   AC Milan Universitatea Craiova 2 0 FT Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 0 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Milan produced a really positive performance, as they were calm, composed and quick on the ball to showcase...

Vincenzo Montella's dream summer as ambitious AC Milan motor into gear

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 04:48:00 PDT

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini shares his thoughts on the club's summer of spending with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti. Earlier this summer, Milan's new chief executive Marco Fassone compared the club to a classic car that had been allowed to gather dust in the garage. With that in mind, this transfer window has been all about restoring it to its former glory with a load of flashy, expensive new parts and some work under the hood. When it came to putting the keys in the ignition for the first time, though, there was always the risk that instead of producing the hum of Berlusconi's preausterity Milan, it...

Transfer Rater: Diego Costa to Milan, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 02:14:00 PDT

Stevie Nicol assesses the latest rumours around Bale, Dybala, Diego Costa, Mahrez and Hazard in Rumour Rater. Steve Nicol says Liverpool's decision with Philippe Coutinho this transfer window will indicate their ambition for titles. The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Jadon Sancho to Arsenal According to The Sun, Manchester City forward Sancho has a soft spot for Arsenal and is keen on a move to the Emirates. The 17-year-old...

Newcomers Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie lift Milan past FC U Craiova

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:40:00 PDT

Ricardo Rodriguez's reputation from set pieces precedes him and paid immediate dividends for Milan in Romania. AC Milan secured a valuable 1-0 win over Universitatea Craiova in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday night, with Ricardo Rodriguez scoring the only goal of the game. The Rossoneri struggled at times with a lack of match fitness, but ultimately, they got the job done and start the new season with a win. Universitatea Craiova AC Milan 0 1 FT Leg 1 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives As energy levels dipped alarmingly in the second half, Milan were able to show their determination to hold out for the win. Aside from some impressive...

After a 'summer of dreams,' upgraded AC Milan ready for Europa League

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:09:00 PDT

Former Milan player Kaka believes that the signing of Bonucci signify's Milan's desire to become one of Europe's top clubs again. AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini shares his thoughts on the club's summer of spending with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti. It's been a busy summer for AC Milan since Yonghong Li's takeover in April, as the Rossoneri have worked relentlessly to strengthen the squad. Ten new players have arrived and manager Vincenzo Montella has described it as a "summer of dreams" now that he has a squad capable of pushing the club forward. A sixth-place finish in Serie A last season was enough to book their spot in the Europa League qualifying round. While there were jubilant scenes at the San Siro when their return to Europe...

AC Milan's summer transfers: Evaluating moves, remaining targets

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:10:00 PDT

Leonardo Bonucci made a surprising move from Juventus to Milan. Clubs across Europe are desperate to add to their squads ahead of the new season -- and that includes AC Milan, who have made the largest overhaul of any club in the top five leagues. ESPN FC's club correspondents and bloggers rate their club's business so far and discuss what else needs to be done in the final days of the window. To read ESPN FC AC Milan blogger Sumeet Paul's evaluation of the summer transfer window, as well as how other clubs have performed, click here.

Andrea Belotti would be the perfect cap to AC Milan's summer overhaul

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:30:00 PDT

AC Milan have spent big overhauling their squad for next season but will it be enough to claim some silverware? After an underwhelming 2016/17 with Bayern, the FC panel debate rumours linking the Portuguese teenager with Milan. AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella hails the role the club's new owners have played in the transfer market. Gab Marcotti reacts to Milan's additions of Bonucci and Biglia, and the FC crew debate whether they can win the Scudetto. The summer of 2017 will hopefully go down in history for all the right reasons for AC Milan. Having spent around €200m on rebuilding the squad, the Rossoneri are just missing one more marquee addition in attack. With other options falling away, it would appear that Torino forward Andrea Belotti should be the man to fill the void. Milan owner Yonghong Li and the new hierarchy have addressed key areas of the squad that have needed strengthening for years. The defence is revamped...

Keisuke Honda moving to Mexico will help Japan's World Cup hopes

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:15:00 PDT

As Keisuke Honda's dream move at AC Milan came to an end, questions arise whether or not Pachuca is a good fit. Keisuke Honda's move to Mexico from AC Milan may take him even further away from Japan, but it could mean that one of Asia's most creative stars returns right to the heart of the national team, with vital 2018 World Cup qualifiers approaching. The man they call the Emperor has joined one of Mexico's leading clubs in Pachuca. With his contract at Milan ending this summer, there had long been links with moves to Major League Soccer, China, and England -- as well as back home to the J.League. Honda's...

Trending: AC Milan eye Alvaro Morata, Renato Sanches as spending continues

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

The FC crew discuss the possibility of Alvaro Morata joining AC Milan and if the move would make the club title contenders. Gab Marcotti explains Juventus and AC Milan's notable history of transferring players to each other. Monday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... AC MILAN: Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has told Mediaset his side are interested in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata but will sign him "only on our conditions." - Milan are aiming to strengthen their attacking options with the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andrea Belotti or Morata, according to CEO Marco Fassone. - Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said Milan are interested...

Transfer Rater: Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea, Andrea Belotti to AC Milan

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 02:00:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five;...

AC Milan 'on the verge' of stunning Alvaro Morata coup

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:15:00 PDT

The FC crew discuss the possibility of Alvaro Morata joining AC Milan and if the move would make the club title contenders. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: Milan close to Morata coup Just when you thought AC Milan's summer couldn't get any better, La Gazzetta dello Sport says that the Rossoneri are "on the verge" of signing Alvaro Morata. The Real Madrid striker is one of the transfer window's most-wanted men, and while it was first Manchester United and then Chelsea that seemed...

Bonucci headlines the five biggest transfers in Serie A this summer

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 01:23:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss Leonardo Bonucci's move to Milan and what impact it has on the rest of Serie A. The transfer window has barely been open for two weeks but already some significant names have changed clubs -- especially in Italy. With that in mind, we asked Michael Cox to asses the five most significant transfers in Serie A so far. Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus to Milan This is unquestionably the most significant move of the European transfer window so far. Bonucci is probably Europe's best ball-playing centre-back, quite possibly the best centre-back in Europe full stop. His decision to...

Liverpool holding out for Naby Keita; Bonucci set to land at Milan

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti explains why Liverpool and RB Leipzig are in a stalemate over the English side's pursuit of Naby Keita. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: Liverpool still chasing Keita Liverpool have no intention of giving up in their pursuit of Naby Keita, and are willing to break their transfer record to complete the signing despite RB Leipzig contacting them to say the 22-year-old midfielder is not for sale. The Mirror says that Bundesliga runners-up Leipzig rejected a...

Leonardo Bonucci is the crown jewel of AC Milan's summer makeover

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:39:00 PDT

With Leonardo Bonucci reportedly unhappy at Juventus, Gab Marcotti provides an update on a possible move to AC Milan. AC Milan's activity on the summer transfer market has been well documented, with the Rossoneri looking to build an almost entirely new lineup. The club celebrated their "Magnificent Seven" of new signings after Andrea Conti arrived last week, but more were always coming. CEO Marco Fassone insisted at that stage that they would take a step back, take stock of the situation and continue with their plans. Sales are still required this summer to balance things out and raise further funds, while the...

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