With all the talk emerging over the past few days of a massive club takeover by Thai billionaire Bee Taechaubol, AC Milan have once again become the center of attention in Italian football. Although Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has repeatedly declared he has no intentions of selling the club, Rossoneri supporters can't help but wonder what a potential takeover could mean for the cash-strapped club's transfer aspirations.
It is no secret that Milan's transfer activity has been largely underwhelming in recent years, particularly since the club's transfer budget was slashed in 2010 by Marina Berlusconi - eldest of the Berlusconi daughters. The financial situation at Milan has become so dire that they have recently been forced to sell the team bus to cut costs. Taechaubol's estimated €1 billion takeover could provide Milan with a much need cash injection as well create the perfect platform for the club to re-establish themselves as dominant players in the transfer market and provide the foundation for strengthening key areas within the squad.
One of the most problematic areas is in the middle of the park; a space currently occupied by over-the-hill warriors such as Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien. With all due respect to both players, their best footballing days are clearly behind them; meanwhile younger members of the squad have failed to illustrate that they are capable of returning Milan to the upper echelon of Italian football.
Assuming Taechaubol can successfully wrestle control from Berlusconi, the first order of transfer business should be securing the services of Real Madrid's Sami Khedira. The German international's once promising career at Real Madrid has been dwindling and his arrival could prove the perfect remedy for Milan's midfield woes. Recent injuries have hampered his playing time at Real and have seen his position in the squad usurped by the likes of Toni Kroos, Isco,andAsier Illarramendi. With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Khedira is strongly considering a move away from the Spanish capital in pursuit of regular first team football. His top level experience would provide strength and stability in the core of any squad and his deep roaming style creates additional freedom and security for his more attacking minded midfield partners. Cue AC Milan who are desperately in need of a midfield rejuvenation and would greatly benefit from signing a player of Khedira's calibre and stature.
A move for Khedira would be a big step in the right direction; bolstering the spine of the squad and reaffirming Milan's desire to reclaim their position among Italy's elite. Furthermore it would serve as a catalyst in potentially attracting other top level players, breaking away from the "selling club" stigma which has followed the club in recent seasons. Securing Khedira would go a long way in showing Milan are still capable of bringing in the top names in world football. However, the Rossoneri would face a stiff obstacle in the form of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal who have also expressed a strong interest in the German midfielder. Factor in that Arsenal are perhaps better equipped to meet the €20 + million price tag , and Taechaubol's takeover bid becomes all the more vital for the future of the club.