After a busy January transfer period where seven players arrived, the same flaws revealed themselves in February. At home against Empoli, Milan dropped points after once again failing to control a lead, defend cohesively, or create chances with the sort of regularity expected. And this from a side which has added Alessio Cerci and Mattia Destro to its ranks.
The latter scored, displaying the central striking presence that Milan has missed and which Fernando Torres was unable to provide. It wasn’t specifically abo365bet网投注册ut the skill of the poked goal – but rather the fact that the forward had put himself in the position to score.
Unfortunately for the Diavolo, it was the only positive of another match that has sadly added to t真人博狗he growing collection of evidence that handing one of the biggest coaching jobs on the planet to Filippo Inzaghi’s in his first senior role may have been a misjudgement. Jeers rang out following the result as the nine men remaining on the pitch trudged off, with Inzaghi’s calls for patience and confidence growing ever more desperate.
There is a worrying trend that has existed since the end of Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure – the style of football Milan have played since (with the exception of Leonardo’s brief and suicidal offensive strategy in 2009-10) has always been of a plodding, lackadaisical nature. Considering the plethora of offensive talent that has passed through Via Turati since, the Rossoneri haven’t ever played like the attacking juggernaut they should really have been, an issue no coach since has seemed able to fix. It’s quite clear that Inzaghi is sadly another name to have his CV tainted by San Siro’s poisoned chalice.
Rumours have circled that Inzaghi’s successor has already been decided, the former striker making way in June for Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella, who Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Claudio Laudisa claims is preparing his “farewell” from the club. Antonio Conte’s suddenly rocky relationship with the FIGC has opened up the possibility of his joining the Diavolo, but that seems unlikely at this juncture.
Meanwhile, news has emerged of Thai investor Bee Taechaubol offering a staggering €1bn for a stake of at least 50 per cent in the club has dominated headlines – that the businessman would offer such a high price without complete control is intriguing. Reports in his homeland claim the equity director is confident that a deal could be completed “within a month” – but he may be thwarted by Italian bureaucracy.
Fininvest, Silvio Berlusconi’s holding company which controls Milan released a statement announcing that there have been “various” interested parties, but that concrete talks have not taken place.
If the club can negotiate a deal that allows Berlusconi to remain the patriarch and ensure his family’s continual365博彩 involvement in the club, while also allowing funding to materialise from another investor, a deal suddenly becomes more feasible.
The former Italian Prime Minister is unlikely to hear of a better deal than €1bn for just over 50 per cent of a club in the financial peril of Milan, who despite the disparity still came 12th on Deloitte’s list of the richest clubs in the world.
The funding could assist the development of a new stadium – a project that may not be confirmed until summer. With the additional injection of funds, Milan could begin a real rebuild prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.
With the current season growing less meaningful with every passing result, Milan fans must look toward the summer for optimism. If rumours are to be believed, that optimism may not be ill-placed.