Today is Independance Day here in the United States, which means many of us will be partaking in one of my favorite hobbies, drinking in broad daylight. On a good day we even attempt some footie, but due to some heat waves it appears more like a bocce day. In the meantime enjoy the news as the transfer window has already open...
-Milan's last living legend, Alessandro Nesta, appears to have signed for the MLS's Montreal Impact. For those not aware Montreal has a strong Italian presence and Sandro will fit in well. This dispels the notion that he will return to Milan for next season, meaning first choice CB's should and will be Acerbi and Silva.
-Speaking of Silva, he got his wage increase and contract extension putting to bed any rumors of being sold. Yes Milan negotiated, and in these difficult financial times, but they did what the should an stand behind a player like Silva. Strikers are a dime dozen, but T Silva is a once a generation defender, you build on those, you keep those, and you make those Captains! Give him the band now and get it over with, in the meantime let this be a lesson to all of you. Don't believe everything you read, no matter the source, until the Club makes it Official, it is just a rumor.
-Despite interest from Tottenham and West Ham United, Seedorf has settled on Botafogo as his new home. Makes sense considering his Brazilian wife, but I don't believe we have seen the end of Clarence at Milanello. He is far to classy a guy, and far to intelligent to keep out of the fold, expect Clarence to be a scout and eventual sporting director in the next five years, and for that I couldn't be happier. His intelligence and knowledge the game is superb, best Milan channels that when he is ready.
-The silly season has opened and in true Fester fashion he has already closed it! No surprise with Milan's cash issues, but we have already purchased Traore, Constant and returned Didac Vila and Taiwo from loan. If we have learned anything the past two summers, be patient things will happen. Zlatan, Nocerino, Robinho were all late buys and if we can move Pato this summer for 30M it will be a victory in and of itself, then again you can't sell something nobody wants now can you?
-Euro 2012 is over and now Milan is ready to get back in gear. For those Stateside, that means you get a chance to see Milan on the east coast, Gilette Stadium and Yankee Stadium to be exact.
-Milan appear interested in Mattia Destro, and conveniently enough he is owned by our favorite partner Genoa. Destro and Veloso appear to be both be on Fester's radar and both owned by Genoa, expect something to happen here during the window.
-Speaking of window, Juve has sewn up Isla and Asamoah. Shame really, Allegri stated last summer that Asamoah was a crucial piece to his plan, the brass didn't listen, and now he is a Juventus player. Hopefully he doesn't work out, but a player of his ilk and skillset is special and a great signing by Juventus. Isla isn't all that bad either, but hopefully Urby can be Milan's jack of all trades next season.
-Lass Diarra has rejected a loan to Milan. Why I am not sure? I have no respect for player's who would rather sit on the bench at their current Club then play for another. The deal was supposed to be a loan where Diarra came to Milan and we paid his wages with an option buy. I don't expect this is done, but if a player is not in it mentally then forget it, I would expect Milan will continue to be in the running for an additional midfielder, Aquilani included.
-Anyone else still think Balotelli is not ready for Milan? Wonder if Mancini will take Zlatan and Pato straight up!