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Roma's Sporting Director, Walter Sabatini, Could Join Milan This Summer

Having announced his intention to leave Roma this summer, Walter Sabatini could be set to join Milan as director of football.

Sabatini could prove to be the director of football Milan needs.
Sabatini could prove to be the director of football Milan needs.
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Roma's sporting director, Walter Sabatini, announced over the weekend that he will leave the Giallorossi come the end of the season after Roma's President agreed to terminate the 60-year-old's contract. This news has sparked speculation that Sabatini could be set to move north to join Milan this summer. Sabatini has a strong relationship with Milan's Vice President, Adriano Galliani (which was key to the summer acquisitions of Alessio Romagnoli and Andrea Bertolacci), and reports claim that the two will work together in governing the club's sporting affairs. A partnership between the two would make the most of Galliani's business savvy and Sabatini's scouting knowledge, and could prove to be a match made in heaven.

It is rumoured that both Inter and Bologna will also be vying for the director's services in the summer, but it would appear that Milan have the edge at this point in time due to his affinity with Galliani. Whilst Sabatini's dealings at Roma have sparked mixed reactions from supporters and neutral onlookers alike, it's not hard to argue that it would be a step in the right direction for Milan. Milanisti have long called for the club to sign a director of football, with Galliani himself perceived unfit to govern the Rossoneri's transfer dealings following a slew of disappointing signings over the past decade. Nonetheless, Sabatini is a highly regarded figure within Italian football, and acquiring his services would prove a considerable coup for Milan, especially if he's given the necessary funds to make significant changes.