Although missing out on Porto striker Jackson Martinez, who will be joining Atletico Madrid instead, Milan seem to have finally struck gold in the transfer market. Having bought prolific Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca for €30 million two days ago, the Rossoneri have now also reinforced their struggling midfield with the €20 million purchase of Andrea Bertolacci from Roma.
The midfielder, who was part-owned by FC Genoa and Roma respectively, spent last season at Genoa and scored six goals in 34 games, providing an additional eight assists for his teammates. Educated at Roma, the Italian had never actually played for the Giallorossi, but had instead been plying his trade at Genoa for the past three years. Only this month, Roma had bought the full transfer rights after paying a fee of €8.5 million. Roma have now made a decent profit, after agreeing to sell the player to Milan.
Bertolacci broke into the Italian national team in November last year and will probably become more of a focal point in midfield going forward. There is arguably more work needed in Milan’s midfield, but this represents a great first step in improving the outlook for the upcoming Serie A campaign. The latter will also receive a boost from Carlos Bacca’s transfer, which will add firepower to the Rossoneri’s front-line. The Colombian striker comes with a reputation of 20 goals and seven assists in 37 La Liga games last season. This will certainly be a beneficial piece of business for the northern Italians.
With new manager Sinisa Mihajlovic continuing to build his team, Milan look like they are on the way up. It remains to be seen as to what else the club can add during this transfer window, although supporters can already look forward to an improved team.