Sunderland's Fabio Borini has plenty of offers
In the last four Serie A seasons, AC Milan have finished eight, tenth, seventh and sixth. In fact, 2017/18 will represent their first foray into European competition since they were blitzed by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League knockout stage three years ago.
Just a reminder; AC Milan have lifted ol’ big ears on five separate occasions.
Therefore, it’s a reasonable question; why would any player believe the frequently sparse San Siro is the ideal place to progress a career? Celtic supporters may be wondering exactly that as Fabio Borini continues to angle for a summer move to Milan, as reported by The Chronicle.
Gianluca Di Marzio claimed in April that the Scottish champions, who won a domestic treble for the first time since 2001 last season, may consider paying £6 million to rescue Borini from relegated Sunderland.
The Italian knows manager Brendan Rodgers well, after all. They worked together at Liverpool, Swansea City and in the Chelsea academy. Celtic have also earned a place in the Champions League qualifiers while Milan have to settle for the Europa League. Furthermore, they have won more trophies in the last two months than the Rossineri have secured in six years.
A new dawn
Yet, to those in the know, it’s clear that Milan are on the up. After months of endless negotiations, Chinese investors Sino-Europe Sport finally completed their takeover, ending the 31-year reign of Silvio Berlusconi.
And they have provided the platform for a summer of unprecedented spending. The club have already secured four signings; Atalanta wonderkid Franck Kessie, Wolfsburg’s dead-ball specialist full-back Ricardo Rodriguez, Villarreal central defender Matteo Musacchio, and Porto goal-machine Andre Silva.
Cristiano Ronaldo described Andre Silva as the heir to his Portuguese throne
Keita Balde Diao and Rachid Ghezzal, flying wingers who made their names at Lazio and Lyon, look set to join the revolution.
And the return to Europe signifies the beginning of a new era. Blending big-money marquee signings with a crop of talented youngsters, Milan's squad is more than good enough to challenge for the top three next season.
In fact, there are fewer more exciting projects in Europe right now than the one taking place at the San Siro. Therefore, on further inspection, you can hardly blame Borini for wanting to jump on the bandwagon.