Milan sign Saelemaekers after cull

Milan have parted ways with three meaningful pieces of their recent past: the oft-maligned but generally productive Suso has moved to Sevilla on 18-month season-long loan with conditioned obligation to buy, Krzysztof Piatek was sold to Hertha Berlin and Ricardo Rodriguez transferred to PSV. Despite some prolonged underwhelming stretches, the Spaniard winger has been able to tally at least six goals and seven assists in each of the last three years and served as a massive reference point. He has struggled this year and recently fell out of favour due to a tactical switch, with Samu Castillejo taking over on the right wing. He will be bought out by Sevilla for €20M if they qualify to Champions League.

Piatek took the league by storm at Genoa at the beginning of the past campaign, but fell into a slump in the final two months after joining the Rossoneri in January and he has remained silent so far, as he had found the target just four times (three on penalties). The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the emergence of Rafael Leao made him a reserve and the club decided to recoup part of the €35M invested, as the Bundesliga side paid €27M to have him. Rodriguez was pretty touted coming from Wolfsburg, but he has been pretty average in the Peninsula and the explosion of Theo Hernandez completely overshadowed him. He left on loan with an €18M option to buy.

The Rossoneri have elected not to sign new striker, so will move forward with Zlatan, Leao and Ante Rebic as the top three options for two spots up front and will take advantage of the versatility of few midfielders in case of necessity. They instead added another piece on the right wing: 20-year-old Alexis Saelemaekers from Anderlecht, who can cover any role on the flank. He was signed on a €3.5M season long loan with €3.5M conditioned obligation to buy plus €1M add-ons and will start off as Castillejo’s reserve. He has logged two goals and 11 assists in 64 games with Anderlecht.

Milan attempted to sing Antonee Robinson from Wigan to replace Rodriguez, but after a hiccup during the medicals, they instead brough back Diego Laxalt, who was on loan at Torino. It will be his second stint at San Siro after the 2018/2019 campaign, where he played 20 times, while he featured in 16 games so far with the Granata, mostly as a sub. He will back up fantasy stud Theo Hernandez.

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