The priority for Milan's 2013/2014 player transfers has to be focused on strengthening the midfield, the attacking positions in particular, as we have learned that on so many occasions that we have struggled against tidy oppositions. Against the other top 3 clubs, Juventus, Napoli, Fiorentina, even against the likes of Sampdoria we clearly struggled. More often than not, our play is broken to short-bursts of one-two play and stop at that. We tried it, successfully, so many times against lesser opponents, but it was simply because of the obvious gap in quality.
Option A. (4-2-3-1)
I think for the 2013/2014, Milan would still try to play variants of the 4-3-3, with the most likely set-up being the 4-2-1-2-1
De Jong would be tasked to break-up the play, and Montolivo to supply the lateral passes to the wingbacks and to the trequarista (Saponara/Jorginho?)
Left winger position would be occupied by Stephan El Shaarawy, and the Right winger would hopefully be Cerci?.
The single striker would be Mario Balotelli. Early in the season he would be deputized by either Niang/Robinho-if he stays or Petagna, and most likely Pazzini after he recover from surgery.
Option B. (4-3-1-2)
The midfield trio would be between Nigel De Jong/Flamini/Ambrosini, Montolivo/Poli/Cristante, Muntari/Boateng-if he stays. Further up there would be the mystery trequarista (Saponara/Jorginho?)
The main strikers would be Stephan El Shaarawy partnering Mario Balotelli, with Pazzini/Niang/Robinho/Petagna as backup strikers.
On both scenarios, for the central defender position, we need a solid partner to Zapata, I am keen to think about someone with a high level of aggression, but without the dirty fouls, where Mexes is often suspect of. Who might that be? from EU country?