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Why Donnarumma will be Milan’s most important signing

Milan needs to create a new era of prosperity— an era where homegrown talent stay and thrive at Milan

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In recent years Milan has missed out on a tremendous amount of talent. Recently, or I can I say in the latter years of the Berlusconi era, (first time I have written that) talent seemed to constantly slip out of Milan’s hands.

Look no further than Riccardo Saponara who was the cream of the crop when it came to talented Serie A players. Saponara’s spell at Milan consisted of him playing out of position during the few moments he was actually allowed to play and being overlooked by both Allegri and Seedorf. Because of this, he was loaned to Empoli. Empoli triggered his release clause, and that was that.

What is the purpose of the above example? Well, a talented young prospect being transferred to another club was a possible outcome of the Donnarumma drama. Thankfully, Donnarumma is allegedly resigning with Milan. That’s great to hear since this may be the revival of talented prospects staying with Milan and potentially turning into sublime players like Primavera graduates Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi. Mino Raiola, the superstar agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, and now Donnarumma, has a ton of experience. If he didn’t believe Donnarumma could prosper at Milan or the direction the club is heading, Donnarumma would have been out of there and paid just as much at a more premier club. Not to mention, Milan has locked in another prospect—Manuel Locatelli— and, thus, it seems as if Donnarumma confirms this trend of keeping and growing talented prospects.

That being said, Milan needs to be careful with their young prospects. Alexandre Pato was arguably overworked during his stint at Milan, and that may not be as much of an issue for Donnarumma but is still a factor to keep in mind.

For now, though, Milan needs to keep up the good work.