AC Milan are in contention for their first Serie A title in over a decade, and as well as growing excitement on the pitch, takeover movement off the pitch has got many supporters giddy for the summer transfer window.
As reported by ESPN, the Italian giants are in the midst of being taken over, with Investment group RedBird Capital Partners and Bahrain-domiciled fund Investcorp both looking to buy Milan ahead of the end of the season.
As a result, rumours and speculation over how much Milan could spend this summer have ramped up, with the Rossoneri now being linked with some big names in Europe who not too long ago looked set to join the Premier League.
With this in mind, HITC Sport takes a stab at what Milan’s XI next season could look like if they manage to sign their latest reported targets, with the Italian side eyeing some interesting players if the paper talk is to be believed.
GK – Mike Maignan
Mike Maignan was signed last summer to replace homegrown Milan sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma, and one year on from his move to Italy, the former LOSC Lille star has become a consistent performer for the San Siro side.
The leading contender to replace Hugo Lloris for France and one of Serie A’s best-performing keepers this season, Maignan has been worth the investment for Milan, and the shot-stopper will keep his spot next campaign.
RB – Davide Calabria
Davide Calabria has always been a frustrating player for Milan supporters given his obvious talent and potential coupled with his inconsistent performances, yet the 25-year-old has really come out of his shell this season.
The favourite to take the captaincy next season and a regular starter for Stefan Pioli’s side, Calabria has developed well this year, and whilst Milan will have the money to find an improvement following the takeover, the Rossoneri will be smart to keep the right-back as the main man for the position in the summer.
CB – Sven Botman
However, if recent reports are to be true, it is Milan who are set to win the race for Botman, with the Italians eager to sign a new centre-back this summer to replace club captain Alessio Romagnoli, who looks set to leave for Lazio on a free transfer.
CB – Fikayo Tomori
Fikayo Tomori made the move to Milan 18 months ago from Chelsea, and since the transfer to northern Italy, the English youngster has quickly developed into a star player for the Serie A giants and a huge reason behind the club’s success this season.
Intelligent in the defence and a weapon on set-pieces, Tomori made a genius career decision swapping the Chelsea bench for the starting XI of Milan, and next season should see the centre-back continue to thrive at the San Siro.
LB – Theo Hernandez
Since the return of Paolo Maldini as technical director of Milan, the club have taken a youthful approach to transfers, and the biggest success story so far has been that of Theo Hernandez.
Signed in 2019 after failing to make the grade at Real Madrid, the France international has arguably been one of the best left-backs in Europe since making the move to Milan three years ago, with Hernandez now being linked with a big-money move to Manchester City of all clubs.
CM – Renato Sanches
Another player who is highly sought after by Premier League clubs, Renato Sanches is set to be one of the biggest transfers of the summer, with the likes of Arsenal and Newcastle both linked to the Portuguese star.
However, just like Botman, Milan are leading the chase for Sanches, with one report even suggesting that a deal to sign the midfielder is all done, and that the Serie A side will bring the Lille star to Italy this summer once a transfer fee is agreed.
CM – Sandro Tonali
As with Hernandez, Sandro Tonali was signed to man the Milan midfield for what could be the next ten years, and despite a patch first year in Lombardy, the Italian international has finally found his groove.
A key performer for Pioli and continuing to build on his prior reputation at Brescia, Tonali has been exceptional for Milan this season, and the midfielder could make for an excellent partner to Sanches in the centre of the park next campaign.
RM – Domenico Berardi
Domenico Berardi has long been linked with a move away from Sassuolo, and this summer could finally see the attacker leave the Serie A minnows for a big transfer, with Milan reportedly in the hunt for the winger.
With Arsenal also keen on Berardi according to reports, the Italian international could become the centre of attention for some major clubs this summer, though, given Milan’s need for a right-sided winger, the 27-year-old could be perfect.
CAM – Christopher Nkunku
As like with Sanches, Christopher Nkunku is set to be one of the most in-demand summer targets this window, with the RB Leipzig star enjoying a record-breaking year in terms of goals and assists.
With a reported price tag of £60m and the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United chasing the Frenchman, Milan will have their work cut out if they’re to land the attacking midfielder, who could move to Italy once the takeover is complete.
LM – Rafael Leao
Rafael Leao has played a key role in Milan’s incredible Serie A season, with the winger attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, yet with reports of the Rossoneri looking to extend the attacker’s contract, the youngster is likely to remain in Italy.
Compared to Kylian Mbappe and tipped for a huge future, Leao could be a superstar in the making for Milan, and the Italian side should be making strides to keep the youngster at the San Siro for the coming years.
ST – Divock Origi
A player Jurgen Klopp hailed as a Liverpool ‘legend’, Divock Origi to Milan is reportedly a foregone conclusion, with the striker set to sign a four-year contract with the Italian giants on a free transfer at the end of this season.
With veteran strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud set to remain on Milan’s books, Origi will likely lead the line for the Rossoneri next season, and for Liverpool supporters, they will be hopeful that the Belgian striker continues the Anfield legend during his time in Italy.