Milan is taking big steps towards returning to the Champions League. In recent years, they have weaned their fans from elite competition, and stories about a modest budget have become commonplace. However, the Rossoneri, with the exception of last summer (around 29,000,000 euros in expenditures on signings), have been spending seriously in recent years.
Over two years ago they spent more than 110,000,000, on two occasions before that, they spent almost 200,000,000. It would be said that money was spent recklessly because the results were constantly lacking. This season has shown that calculated and wise investments can yield significantly more prosperity than fabulous ones.
Such a transfer policy will be in the head of Paolo Maldini next summer as well, who will primarily invest in youth players, although almost certain participation in the Champions League will oblige the Italian giant to stand up for some already proven names.
Milan is one of the clubs that seriously like what Dušan Vlahović is doing this season. It has already been written that coach Stefano Pioli could receive a gift for placement in the Champions League in the form of a super-talented Serbian striker.
They have a plan to buy Fikayo Tomori, but Milan's scouting team is deployed across Europe, and the club has marked several targets for the upcoming transfer window.
For a start, the most resonant name is certainly Darwin Nunez, a football player of similar market value as Vlahović.
In the first season in Benfica, with four league goals and seven assists, he may not have exploded as expected, but Nunez, just like Vlahović, has yet to reach his full potential in the coming seasons. It is only certain that Milan will not be able to sign both.
There are a couple of interesting, low-budget targets on the wish list, which were smelled by the scouts of Milan. The same ones who brought Pierre Kalulu from Lyon, or Alexis Saelemaekers from Anderlecht, for only 3,500,000 euros at the beginning of the season without compensation.
Now the 19-year-old goalkeeper,Maarten Vandevoordt , has caught their eye. As Mino Raiola, with his managerial tricks, is making negotiations on the extension of cooperation with Gianluigi Donnaruma more difficult, alternatives are being prepared in Milan.
Among the already proven Mike Maignan (Lille), Juan Musso (Udinese) and Pierluigi Golini (Atalanta), there is a young Belgian. Milan also focused a lot on young players from Germany, but we will see if they will be just "potentials" or will they manage to realize their potential.