It’s that time of the year again! Silly season is upon us and with it comes the task of separating fact from fiction. Since the Serie A Femminile season is pretty much over, the rumor mill has been churning for the AC Milan Women.
Here’s a look at some of the signings the team has been linked to.
I think it’s safe to say that if you’ve read my articles on this site, that from the few times I’ve mentioned Juventus, that I really, really, really like Laura Giuliani. I once called her one of the best goalkeepers in the world and I still stand by it.
However, never did I think that in a million years that Laura would actually join us. I thought she would remain at Juventus forever, given that she’s a lifelong Juventina and that Buffon is her idol. Well, now the turntables have turned.
According to journalist Giovanni Albanese, Laura Giuliani is headed to AC Milan. This has also been corroborated by Sky Sport. On Monday, the goalkeeper officially announced she was leaving the club. Juve also released a statement thanking her for her services.
The Italy international will join Milan on a free transfer next season and her signing will be announced after the Coppa Italia final.
Laura will no doubt, bolster the Rossonere’s ranks and make them true contenders for the Scudetto next season. And I for one, can’t wait for this to be official.
The next name on the shopping list for the Milan Women is Fátima Pinto. Pinto is a 25-year-old Portuguese international. The Rossonere are said to be looking for a mezzala and she fits the bill for them. Not much is known about Pinto, unfortunately, due to the dearth of knowledge about and lack of statistics for women’s football in Portugal. And sadly, Portugal is not alone in this regard.
However, I did ask someone who is from Portugal to explain why this would be a good signing for Milan. So, here’s what I’ve been able to glean about her:
- She’s an attacking mid. She’s also versatile and can play as a right-back too.
- She can also make runs forward and can score from outside the box.
- Pinto is not injury-prone. So, her body is not made of glass and she won’t be sidelined often. However, she is deaf in one year after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor. The fact of which makes her pretty tough and pretty cool too. Milan will need someone that strong to add some mental fortitude to the team.
Rumor has it that she has signed for the team already. However, we won’t know this until it’s made official. Either way, it would just be great to have someone like her on our team.
It is also rumored that current AS Roma forward, Lindsey Thomas, will reportedly join the Rossonere next season. The speedy attacker has scored ten goals and registered eight assists throughout her time with the Giallorosse. If Thomas were to sign for Milan. then she would no doubt, be a boon to a team that can be quite slow on the counterattack at times.
Her agent, however, has denied the rumors and said that the player is interested in signing a renewal with Roma.
We’ll know what the truth is within the upcoming days.
According to the site Tutto Calcio Femminile, Milan will undergo even more changes when it comes to their keepers. In addition to the Big One outlined above, the site reports that either Selena Babb or Alessia Piazza will leave Milan.
The same site also reports that backup keeper Noemi Fedele will arrive from Empoli. Fedele has hardly played for the Tuscan side, as she’s only played four matches for the team. With this in mind, she seems to be a relatively inexperienced player. However, the Rossonere must see great potential in her if they are willing to sign her to be their vice-Giuliani.
As with all things, time will sift out the facts from the falsehoods. The summer looks like it’s going to be a promising one for the Rossonere so stay tuned.