Summer 2020 Postmortem
Expectations were higher, at least by fans, but financial realities – some new like the ongoing pandemic and some not so new – limited this transfer window to what may be called a limited rebuild.
Early favorable deals like the loan with option for Tonali had heightened expectations but after a whole host of names for center back, full back, central midfield, right back, practically every other position were mentioned the rebuild stopped far short of being revolutionary and was dominated by further loans for Diaz and Dalot. Lack of depth and the injuries had many expecting many necessary, if not desired, moves but it didn’t really materialize. Earlier in the summer salaries were saved when Reina, Biglia, and Bonaventura left the team so more leeway was hoped for and expected too. Everyone from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Boubakary Soumare, Wesley Fofana, Ozan Kabak, Nikola Milenkovic, Mohamed Simakan, Antonio Rudiger and even Federico Chiesa were mentioned to add quality and depth but the window was to be characterized as low budget and very much a work in progress.
On the outgoing front a relative big amount was raised by receiving over 20 million for Suso. Another 20 million was raised by letting Paqueta go to Lyon. Other minor deals saved a bit more. Rebic’s exchange with Andre Silva was done in a smart way in order to make it easier for both teams to save money. On deadline day Laxalt was the only player in the news as he left on loan to Celtic. Coincidentally Celtic will be Milan’s first Europa League opponent on October 22nd.
As of October 5th 2020 Milan is battered in central defense and has little back up for most positions, with the notable exception of right back where all of Calabria, Conti, Kalulu and the newly arrived Dalot call home.
Below is a brief profile of the incoming names: