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The New Look Milan: Potential XI

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What will Milan look like and what does this mean for Italian football?

AC Milan Training Session Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

With Milan’s latest capture of Leonardo Bonucci, the sleeping Serie A giants have truly awoken. Almost out of nowhere the long time Juve man has traded in the white and black for the red and black, and Milan now have the piece they need to run not one, but two distinct lineups. We’ve viewed potential lineups from varying websites and feel that there’s just not enough understanding of the side and we’d like to give our take on it. We feel the lineup will be much more accurate than most, barring a few sites, and we hope you’d agree. Lets starts with the 3-4-3 shall we?

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma

LWB: Ricardo Rodriguez

CB: Alessio Romagnoli

CB: Leonardo Bonucci

CB: Mateo Musacchio

RWB: Andrea Conti

CM: Franck Kessie

CM: Lucas Biglia

LW: Hakan Calhanoglu/Bonaventura

ST: Andre Silva

RW: Suso

This lineup is one likely to be adapted and then switched with Montella’s tactics to the 4-3-3 he loves to use so heavily. Let’s review the likely 4-3-3 lineup potential.

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma

LB: Ricardo Rodriguez

CB: Leonardo Bonucci

CB: Alessio Romagnoli

RB: Andrea Conti

CM: Lucas Biglia

CM: Franck Kessie

CAM: Hakan Calhanoglu

LW: Giacomo Bonaventura

ST: Andre Silva

RW: Suso

This lineup is likely to be one of the fan favorites as it includes Giacomo Bonaventura, and while Bonucci getting the captaincy was a brilliant tactical move in the transfer, we can all agree there is no one more deserving than Jack. This is a Milan side capable of competing for the Europa and with a second striker to boot, be it Aubameyang or Belotti, this could be a side that competes for the scudetto right off the bat. The likely concern is with the cohesion and chemistry of the squad as sometimes there is a bit of a learning curve with these things. Milan have essentially bought a new squad and while they’re criticized for their overspending, that’s what football is these days unfortunately. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and many more have taken to investors supplying them with lucrative funds. However, this one and Inter Milan should come with the understanding of Italy’s poor economic status and the previously dying nature of Italian football. The Serie A is not what it once was, with the likes of Del Piero, Zidane, Cannavaro, Maldini, Kaka, Shevchenko, Seedorf, Ronaldo the list goes on and on really. The investment into AC Milan can be one of those that aids in the restoration of Italian football and their economic status alike. Sports are a driving factor for some economies, especially the U.S., and I’m sure Italy would benefit heavily from the money that would be brought in from Milan’s potential success domestically and abroad, with a tax rate of 20%. The investment in Milan isn’t just crucial for the fan base, but for Italy as well.