.Written by Alessandro Pugliese (@sandro_pugliese):
When Yonghong Li and his consortium, Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, officially purchased A.C. Milan from Silvio Berlusconi earlier this year, there were mixed thoughts about the new ownership group. Some people weren’t exactly sure how the new owners would run the club or how much money they would invest into the club. There was a strong sense of cautious optimism amongst the Rossoneri faithful who have been through some rough times the past few years. I had written what the new ownership should prioritize two months ago and they’ve been on task.
It is barely mid-June and the whole aura around the storied club has dramatically changed. Having already secured three quality signings, Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie, and Ricardo Rodriguez, Milan has only gotten started for this summer mercato. While it is still too early to see how efficient the business model of the new Chinese owners is, what we know is that they mean business and are willing to spend the money needed to make Milan a top club again.
Almost every reliable source in Italy is reporting that Milan have agreed personal terms with right-back Andrea Conti and are close to closing the deal with Atalanta. Meanwhile the very reliable Sky Sport reporter Gianlucia DiMarzio has linked Milan to Andrea Belotti, Keita Balde, Lucas Biglia, Corentin Tolisso, Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Now some of those names would be extremely difficult to sign but the intent shown from the Rossoneri is impressive.
Club CEO Marco Fassone and Sporting Director Massimiliano Mirabelli have been working tirelessly to create a competitive Milan side and they’ve been doing an admirable job thus far. Now for all the great moves and shining optimism for the future, there’s still a lingering cloud of doubt that’s fairly substantial: 18-year-old goalkeeping sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract expires next summer and has not yet committed his future to the club that put him on the world stage. His agent, Mino Raiola, is known for playing hardball to get the most money for both his clients and himself. With that being said, the €5 million salary Milan is reportedly willing to offer would not be too shabby for a teenager. Personally, I believe the new ownership group has shown they are serious and Donnarumma should renew his contract. Even if he wants to join a super club like Real Madrid, I think he would be better off playing at least a few more years at Milan. Not to mention the fact Milan are on their way to becoming a top club again and will be in contention for a Champions League spot next season.
While it has been a very bright start to the summer for A.C. Milan, they would like to affirm Donnarumma’s intentions quickly and are hoping to clarify the situation next week. With more dealings to be made in the mercato this summer, Rossoneri fans around the world can't wait for next season. Make no mistake about it; Milan is on the road to being great again.