Some odds and ends to start our week...
-Congratulations to Chelsea on winning the CL and proving the old adage, it is not how you win, but if you win. Say what you want about Chelsea, Abramovich, or any other player, but two guys who deserve it this are Drogba and Lampard. Always admired those two, and great to see them win.
-Congratulations to Napoli for putting Juventus in their place, ie handing them a loss, and hoisting the Coppa Italia. Will be an interesting summer for Napoli with Club's chasing all their stars, will they stay and continue to grow as a team and contender, or will they be forced to sell and rebuild?
-Milan and Montolivohave confirmed the signing. The former Fiorentina man has written an open letterto the fans as he moves to the San Siro. Interested to see how and where Montolivo is deployed.
-Alessandro Diamanti, a player who has torched Milan this season, is being priced by his ownership Club Brescia at 7M. Bologna want to keep him, but the fee is steep for the left footed play maker who earned his call up to the Euro 2012 from his excellent season. An ideal midfielderto play in behind the strikers, Milan won't even have him on the radar but a player who can make a difference at a bargain price.
-Rumors abound that Robinho will return to Santos with Ganso being sent in return. The super slow, over-rated, and recently injured Ganso may not fare in SerieA, but Milan love their over rated Brazilians. Poor move in my opinion, then again, it is only my opinion...
-Mancini was in town to visit the Milan brass, most likely to talk Zlatan. No secret the Man City man loves his old pal, and Man City has the money to make that happen. I am torn on this move, Ibra is influential and a great player, but a mercenary no less. If the price is right no player is unsellable, especially one with few ties to the Rossoneri. Personally I would rather we move Pato before his failure becomes a true reality on our books, but I guess Milan have to make all the mistakes and learn the hard way.
- A few of the recently released Milan veterans are starting to make progress on their future. Lazio look interested in Rino Gattuso, but he doesn't appear to willing to be play for another SerieA club. Seedorf is refusing to retire, so a trip to the MLSor Arab leagues seems in the cards. Nesta has been the quitest and word is he is coming to RBNY of the MLS. As interesting as Milan's offseason will be, the destination of the old guard will be just as intriguing.