AC Milan had an extremely eventful deadline day finalising one purchase and three loans out. The Rossoneri look much stronger after the mercato where the side picked up 10 new players over the window. Here’s a look at the final day of the summer transfer window:
- Luka Jovic - Fiorentina (Permanent transfer, one year contract with option)
Milan took a swing for a target we all know well after the approaches for Taremi, Daka and Mir fell through late in the window and on the final day. Jovic has been linked to Milan multiple times in the past especially when Ante Rebic was at his best to rekindle their Eintracht Frankfurt partnership.
He is coming off his best return since the massive 2018/19 season he had. He joined Fiorentina from Real Madrid and delivered 13 goals and 5 assists in his debut season in Italy but especially in their deep run in the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL).
- Lorenzo Colombo - AC Monza (Loan)
Colombo needs consistent playing time and coming off a good and decisive spell with Lecce where he helped save them from relegation last season. It was thought that he may remain at the club but the words of Adriano Galliani demonstrated that he will be a central part of the project.
Colombo has spent time on loan at Cremonese and SPAL in Serie B and with Lecce in Serie A. He also has 11 senior appearances for Milan including 1 goal. He is consistently playing for Italy’s U21 side.
- Fode Ballo-Toure - Fulham (Dry Loan)
Ballo-Toure spent two seasons with the Rossoneri but barely got any playing time given that Theo Hernandez is such a dominant left back. Ballo-Toure made 26 appearances over the two seasons and scored one goal but a match winner. He has a Serie A title to his name and will be spending the next 12 months helping Fulham stay up and then return to Milan.
- Divock Origi - Nottingham Forest (Loan with option to buy)
Origi was very close to being the flop of the summer for the management as it did not seem the management could offload him but they got it done in the very last hours of the transfer window. He ends up back in the Premier League after lots of interest but a lack of desire to commit and buy him permanently. He joins them with a loan and an option to buy for 5 million euros. He spent one season and managed to score just two goals.
Key thing is his sizeable 4 million euro salary will be off the books as Forest pick this up.