Top three AC Milan picks for Fantasy Serie A

As the start of Serie A is only one week away (roughly), it is time to take a look at a few choices that you should make for your fantasy team. This article will focus on three AC Milan players that you must have in your team, as they are guaranteed point-machines (one can hope). 

First of all, there are several players in the current Rossoneri squad that I believe could be useful in a fantasy team. However, as we all know, the rules only allow you to pick three players from each club. Therefore, without further ado, down below are my top three picks.  Continue reading

AC Milan rumour round-up: Laxalt and Suso face uncertain future; Correa stalemate

Another week has gone by, and as usual, there has been no shortage of AC Milan news. In fact, the Rossoneri remain very active on the market as a few pieces are still missing in Giampaolo’s team. Down below are the latest rumours. 

Suso future still uncertain

The Spaniard’s future is yet to be decided, despite Giampaolo’s comments on him the other week, stating that he has fallen in love with the player and thus wants to keep him. Milan, however, potentially have other plans as they are willing to listen to offers. The price tag is believed to be around €35m.  Continue reading

Feronikeli 0-2 AC Milan: Comfortable win as Giampaolo tests several players

AC Milan won their second to last game of the pre-season, taking on Feronikeli away from home in front of an enthusiastic crowd. After a slow start, the Rossoneri eventually scored twice through Borini and Suso, both of which have impressed thus far. 

Given the opponent, many expected the Rossoneri to score more goals. However, as Feronikeli decided to sit back and defend for almost the entire game, Milan initially struggled to break down their defensive line. Luckily, Suso broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick, but it wasn’t until the second half that the possession looked more dangerous.

Before the final 45 minutes, Giampaolo decided to change more or less the entire eleven, bringing on A. Donnarumma, Conti, Musacchio, Strinic, Borini, Paqueta, Bonaventura, Piatek and Leao. As it happened, this decision paid off as the San Siro side immediately looked more threatening. Perhaps the home side got tired, but nevertheless, the second-half players impressed.

Thanks to brilliant work from the new signing Rafael Leao, who made his debut this evening, Borini was able to double the lead in the 58th minute. After that, Milan continued to create chances, coming close to a third as Conti hit the bar with a powerful shot from the right flank.

However, Feronikeli managed to escape the Rossoneri’s final push as the game finished 0-2 in favour of the Italian side. Despite the scoreline, it was a good performance by Giampaolo’s men, who grabbed their first win of the pre-season. More importantly, the manager got the opportunity to test several players.

Of course, it’s hard for anyone to stand out in a scrappy friendly, especially if you only get 45 minutes to show yourself. However, a few managed to do so, including the new boy Leao. Playing his first game for the team, he showed great promise as he fearlessly took on his opponents, using his speed and ability to get past the defenders.

In the post-match interview, however, Giampaolo held back on the praise, focusing on the things that Leao can improve: “He is an instinctive type. Instinct is fine, but there are times when you have to follow orders as well. He has just arrived and I need to understand what the best position is for him”.

Only one game remains before the season starts in two weeks, as a friendly has been scheduled with Cesena for next Saturday. With that said, the upcoming week of training will be important for the players, since Giampaolo most likely will pick the starting eleven he believes could play the opener in Serie A.

Selling Suso would be a big mistake by AC Milan

Despite a stellar pre-season with AC Milan, adapting to his new role quicker than expected under Giampaolo’s guidance, Suso remains on the market as the Rossoneri are looking to gather funds for other operations. In my opinion, selling the Spaniard would be a huge mistake. 

As many can agree on, the winger has been one of the best, if not the best, Milan players in the last two seasons. That alone, one might think, should secure his stay at the Rossoneri for the upcoming season. However, as a result of the transfer market strategies, his future at San Siro is now at serious risk. Continue reading

AC Milan rumour round-up: Suso set to stay; Leao arrives, Correa next?

Another week of transfer rumours has been, and as always with AC Milan, there have been tons of them. From the arrival of Rafael Leao to new updates on Suso’s future, this recap brings you up to speed with all things Rossoneri. 

Suso set to stay after impressive pre-season

The Spaniard has impressed everyone in his new role behind the strikers, after previously struggling there. During the pre-season, he’s been the Rossoneri’s best player, managing to create chances both for himself and his teammates. Against Man Utd, he scored an elegant curler past De Gea, in addition to assisting Castillejo for the second. Continue reading

AC Milan rumour round-up: Two signings close as Cutrone departs

Another week has pasted and AC Milan remain very active on the transfer market. While two players are set to depart, at least two are expected to join the Rossoneri in the coming days. 

Wolves close deal for Cutrone; Andre Silva to move as well

On Friday, Cutrone left AC Milan’s training camp in Boston to fly back to Milan, ready to complete his move to Premier League and Wolves. An agreement has been reached between the clubs at €18m plus bonuses, while the striker will earn around €2m per year, which is double of what he earns now. Continue reading

Positive first showing by AC Milan despite makeshift eleven

AC Milan kicked off their pre-season in good fashion, facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday morning Italy time. However, despite the result (0-1), the Rossoneri had a positive first showing, as their game plan looked promising. 

In the first half, Giampaolo’s men showed great promise against an opponent that focused on pressing high up the pitch, which immediately put the Rossoneri’s defenders to the test. Fortunately, despite the fact that the centre-back duo consisted of Gabbia and Strinic (a 19-year-old and a left-back), they were able to handle the German side’s attacks very well. Continue reading

AC Milan’s International Champions Cup schedule

In exactly one week, AC Milan will be back in action once again, as the pre-season kicks off in the United States. For Giampaolo, it will be a good opportunity to introduce the players to the new formation, while also making his verdict on a few players with an uncertain future. 

This year’s edition of International Champions Cup premiered in the middle of the night on Wednesday (European time), as Fiorentina beat Guadalajara by two goals to one. For Milan, the first match will take place in one week, scheduled for 03:00 on Wednesday. The Rossoneri will face Bayern Munich, who will be looking for revenge after losing this fixture two years ago by four goals to nil.

More importantly, however, the Rossoneri fans will get to see the first glimpse of Giampaolo’s Milan, set to deploy the 4-3-1-2 formation. That said, it remains to be seen which players will get the nod, although one could assume that the Italian will try to test as many players as possible. After all, the pre-season might decide a few players’ futures with the club.

In total, Giampaolo’s men will play three games in the tournament: two in the USA and one in Wales. In other words, a nice little warm-up ahead of the season’s start, especially since the opponents are of good calibre. In fact, after the tournament, Milan will only play one more friendly this summer: in Kosovo against local team FC Feronikeli.

Therefore, it will be important for Giampaolo to maximize these three games: from learning his squad the dynamics of the new formation, while also being able to test a few uncertainties. The likes of Andre Silva and Suso come to mind, as both have been linked with an exit for different reasons. The Portuguese striker will most likely fit in the system, while the Spanish winger could struggle in a more central role next season.

Along with the management, Giampaolo will then have to make a decision on the squad as a whole before the transfer window closes, making sure that he is as prepared as possible ahead of an important season. Down below, you can see the full schedule for the Rossoneri during the International Champions Cup.

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AC Milan’s mercato gets complicated; from lack of sales to transfer blows

Despite closing in on their third signing for the summer, namely Bennacer, the Rossoneri are not satisfied just yet, having missed out on several of their targets. In fact, the management has been very active on the transfer market, but so far, only two deals have been successful: Krunic and Theo Hernandez. 

The road is long, given how much time there is left of the transfer window, but it’s also uphill as there are many things left on the to-do list for the Rossoneri. Furthermore, several targets have faded in recent weeks, making it even more difficult for the management to go ahead with their mercato plans. Continue reading

Tactical tests at Milanello for Giampaolo: Calhanoglu, Suso and more

As expected, Giampaolo is getting to know the AC Milan squad ahead of the upcoming season, painting a picture of how the starting eleven should look come the end of August. According to Sky Italia, several players were tested by the manager during Monday’s training session at Milanello. 

Starting from the back, the defence tested is very similar to that of last year, also because there’s only been one signing on that front thus far. Giampaolo tried Musacchio and Romagnoli as the duo in the centre, while Rodriguez played as the left-back, although Hernandez is expected to start at the beginning of the season. On the right flank, Calabria and Conti will have to battle it out for a starting spot. Continue reading