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Phoenix From the Ashes: Milan’s Return to Greatness

This summer is not only a revolutionary and defining period for Milan but—more importantly— a likely revitalization for the Serie A.

AC Milan v Juventus FC - 2016 Italian Super Cup Photo by AK BijuRaj/Getty Images

In 2011 Milan was crowned champions of the Serie A. In 2012, on the other hand, Juventus was crowned champions of the Serie A. In 2013, Juventus was crowned the champions of the Serie A. In 2014, Juventus was crowned the champions of the Serie A. In 2015—alright you get the point. Juventus has dominated the Serie A since Milan’s fall from greatness.

After years of Milan being in an unprecedented twilight zone where countless promises and propositions (building a new stadium, selling the club to Mr. Bee, Berlusconi making an all Italian team) were made, Milan was finally sold to investors.

Chief executive Marco Fassone and former Sunderland chief scout, Massimo Mirabelli, the club’s new director of sport, have wasted no time rebuilding Milan. Indeed, Milan has already spent €99m in transfer fees, and June has just begun. The owners promised a €130m transfer budget and that’s exactly what we are getting.

So far Milan has signed players including Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessié, Ricardo Rodriguez, and André Silva. The speed and number of deals made as well as the very systematic approach to signing players that each serves a particular purpose is unparalleled when compared to Milan’s recent transfer market history.

Looking ahead to the rest of the transfer window, Milan’s shortlist includes a right-back, deep-lying playmaker and a winger. Of course, the importance of resigning Gigio Donnarumma cannot be overlooked. The keeper’s agent Mino Raiola is hesitant about Milan’s future and wants to ensure that Donnarumma is bound for a successful future.

But, unlike Mino Raiola, Milan fans are feeling more excited. The €99m euros spent is essentially the same amount of money Milan has spent on players since 2014. This is not only indicative of an imminent prosperity for Milan and its fans alike but a club that could compete with Juventus. More importantly, though, is the possibility of a club that could reinspire the Serie A to a more competitive and fierce league—departing from the Serie A’s current “boring” state. In other words, Milan’s seeming return to greatness is not only great for fans, but for Italian football.