While the more immediate focus is on the remaining games of the season, Milan will undoubtedly be planning for the summer especially given the shorter turnaround between campaigns.
As we prepare to face both Sampdoria and Cagliari in our final two games with a direct passage to the Europa League group stage still up for grabs, it’s hoped that we’re able to get maximum points and Roma slip up.
Beyond that though, there won’t be much time to prepare for the new campaign and so we’ll have to act swiftly in the transfer market to bring in the necessary reinforcements to ensure we can build on the progress made under Stefano Pioli in recent months.
Before considering transfer targets though, there are some in-house matters that could be sorted out, and they start with wrapping up contract renewals for Gianluigi Donnarumma, Hakan Calhanoglu and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
New deals for trio great way to kick-start plans…
As per the club’s official site, Milan have an option to extend Ibrahimovic’s deal for another 12 months, while both Donnarumma and Calhanoglu will see their respective contracts expire in 2021.
Particularly since the restart, those three have been fundamental in our resurgence as while Ibrahimovic has shown that he has plenty left in the tank, Donnarumma has continued to be decisive and Calhanoglu has come on leaps and bounds with five goals and seven assists in his last 10 league games.
Along with Alessio Romagnoli, Simon Kjaer, Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Franck Kessie, Ante Rebic and others, they have cemented their places in our XI and have proven how important they are to us moving forward as we look to continue to evolve, develop and improve individually and as a group.
In turn, taking away the distractions and the uncertainty over their respective futures by agreeing new deals for them would be an excellent way to set the tone for the rest of the summer and the subsequent transfer window, and MilanNews note that the intention from the Rossoneri is to do exactly that with new agreements possible for all three.
Milan need to prioritise quality over quantity this summer and it’s hoped that any money is spent wisely to improve the squad in key areas where we’re perhaps still not quite good enough.
Nevertheless, to secure the futures of key players and thus the foundation of our side, it will be important in our bid to gain long-term stability and continuity under Pioli as he’s found a system, approach, culture and mentality that is working for us and so we need to keep the players who have been so crucial in this improved run.
Donnarumma has proven his class time and time again and still has his entire future ahead of him, Calhanoglu is starting to show the consistency that we’ve been craving from him for years and Ibrahimovic is, well he’s still doing Ibrahimovic things.
With that in mind, it arguably makes perfect sense to get deals wrapped up for them all as our first port of call this summer and that ultimately gives us the solid base on which to then really attack the market and bring in high quality players to help us continue to get better and move closer to achieving our top objectives.