Jul 162017

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The whirlwind of summer activity rolls on with the 9th signing of the transfer window. Lucas Biglia’s transfer was a relatively drawn out one with the 31 years old Argentine the subject of several rumours and bids.

The midfielder now joins from Lazio on a three year contract thought to be €17m plus €3m in appearance and performance bonuses.

A midfield organizer has been missing from the team and summer’s market activity and in getting Biglia Milan take a big step in improving the shape of the team in the middle of the pitch. However this might mean a player Locatelli is pushed down the pecking order and there are already rumours casting an uncertain future for the Italian. Montolivo, the current captain, now has major competition for his spot as well, or as some would prefer is now ‘officially’ relegated to the bench.

For more on the transfer window check the forum as well.

Jul 142017

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The new era is on a record pace and not only in amount spent but in surprise and quick announcements. The prospect of signing Leonardo Bonucci seemed close to impossible only days ago but it has now become official, subject to a medical however.

Leonardo Bonucci, 30, joins from Juventus on a 5 years contract with a salary thought to be somewhere between €6.5 and €7.5 million net. The transfer fee is thought to be €40 million.

The idea that Juventus would be selling one of their best is very surprising but Juventus stick to the policy of letting go of players who want out. Bonucci formed the feared and highly rated three man defensive wall at Juventus (and the Azzurri) – along with Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini. The transfer has moved at record pace and Milan are heading to the Chinese mini tour. Bonucci will soon be the 8th signing of the summer with transfer fees spent rapidly approaching €200 million!

Jul 072017
Andrea Conti

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Andrea Conti, the attacking right back that recently won the Serie A best defender of the season award for the 2016-2017 season, has becomes Milan’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window.

The 23 years old has wanted Milan for weeks and cut his vacation time, following the Euro U-21s, to complete his medical and sign on for Milan. He arrives for around €25 million plus. As part of the deal Atalanta also get Matteo Pessina, the 20 years old midfielder, from Milan.

Jul 032017
Hakan Calhanoglu

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Hakan Calhanoglu has become the 6th summer signing as the 23 years old German born Turkish international joins from Bayer Leverkusen for around €20 million and up to €4 million in bonuses. The attacking midfielder who could also feature on the wing is a free kick expert who has a very good collection of impressive goals scored from outside the box and even farther back.

The former Hamburg and Karlsruhe player is coming off a four month suspension. The FIFA sanction related to a contract dispute in 2011 when Calhanoglu accepted €100,000 to sign with Trabzonspor but then opted to remain and extend at Karlsruhe.

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