Written by Alessandro Pugliese (@sandro_pugliese):
As has been noted by almost everyone, extending the contracts of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Suso should be the first order of business. Donnarumma is already a top goalkeeper in the world at the age of 18, which is remarkable. Locking him down for years to come would be a huge statement and sign of intent. And let’s not forget that Suso is having a very productive season on the wing for the Rossoneri both scoring and proving. These would be two decisive moves that would show ambition and commitment to a clear project at the club.
Realistic Targets and Useful Signings:
The transfer policy of Galliani & co. over the last 5 or so years has not always been applauded by the Rossoneri faithful. The new management should set realistic targets in positions that are needed. The midfield can certainly be improved upon and a possible parter with Alessio Romagnoli would be ideal as Gabriel Paletta is aging and Gustavo Gomez doesn’t seem good enough if Milan want to return to the glory days. Also, I don’t think Milan need to spend any funds on a striker unless in the case that Carlos Bacca is sold in the summer. Otherwise their wingers plus the striker tandem of Bacca and Lapadula should be able to score goals with the service provided.
Reassure Montella’s Job:
While there was some doubt when he was hired, I think most fans of Milan would agree that Vincenzo Montella has done a fine job this season considering the circumstances. Despite the rumors of this sale swirling around practically the whole season and injuries, Montella has done a commendable job. The Rossoneri beat Juventus twice this season, for silverware in the Supercoppa, and are in the running for a Europa League birth. Sacking Montella at the season’s end would be unjust and bring instability to the club; he certainly deserves at least another year in charge.
Reach Out to Paolo Maldini:
The club legend seemed to have a strained relationship with the previous management. This would be a great opportunity to turn the page, start a new chapter and extend an olive branch. Reach out to Maldini and offer him a role within the club. We see it with Nedved at Juventus, Zanetti at Inter and will also see it with Totti at Roma when he hangs up his boots. Maldini's heart is rossonero and it would be great to see him back at the club he's devoted his life to.
Explore Stadium Options:
The San Siro is a historic stadium with a storied past and I would be sad to see it go. With that being said, it just doesn’t seem like the best logistical option or beneficial for the club at the moment. Perhaps a big-time renovation would be worth it but actually owning a stadium would be a huge step in achieving the final point, below.
Develop Sustainable Business Plan:
This may be the most important part of Milan’s future. There has been skepticism swirling about this consortium of Chinese investors and it will be interesting to see how they run the club. The last years of the Berlusconi era were a bit rough and the clubs debt accumulated to €220 million as mentioned in the statement released by Finivest today. If A.C. Milan is to return to the top of European football, it will need to develop a sustainable business model for the future.