The 28 players that will be on the US tour was announced over the weekend. Most of the names that are on the list were expected, with a few exceptions.
First, Nikola Kalinic being included was a surprise, as a move to Sevilla or Atlético Madrid is rumored to be all but completed for the Croatia striker. His time at Milan has not been pleasant and it’ll be surprising or him to see a lot of playing time.
Gattuso has called up 28 players for the USA tour. Reina is in the list. #ForzaMilan pic.twitter.com/h2kRV1F63Z— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) July 21, 2018
Manuel Locatelli and Andrea Bertolacci also look to be surprise additions to the squad. Both have been rumored to be on their way out, although perhaps this is seen as a chance for either one of them to impress Gennaro Gattuso enough to be included in the season’s plan with the club.
Carlos Bacca and Riccardo Montolivo were both left off the roster that traveled to the US. Montolivo is reportedly not in the plans of Gattuso next season, and Bacca’s departure is almost certainly guaranteed at this point, after he was not acknowledged by the club’s Twitter page during his time with the Columbia national team at the World Cup.
So if you’re a US based fan of Milan, what do you think about the roster? Anyone you’re disappointed at not seeing? Anyone you’re looking forward to seeing?
Let us know in the comments.
On to the links.
AC Milan and Italian Football Links
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema moving to Milan is kind of a silly rumor, right? [AC Milan Offside]
Any move for Gonzalo Higuain to go from Juventus to Chelsea is not “imminent.” [Black & White & Read All Over]
Some idiots brawled before the Venezia v Fiorentina preseason friendly. A friendly, y’all. [Viola Nation]
A look at AS Roma’s preseason squad list for the friendlies in the United States. [Chiesa di Totti]
World Football Links
Monterrey beat Pachuca in the opening weekend of the Apertura 2018 in Mexico. [FMF State of Mind]
Stoke City sign James McClean from West Bromwich Albion in a £5 million deal. [BBC.com]
Liverpool lost 1 - 3 to Borussia Dortmund in Charlotte, North Carolina. [Liverpool Offside]
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy visited the Philadelphia Union, and after Zlatan did Zlatan things, the Galaxy won 3-1. [Brotherly Game]