It took a week for the owners of the other half of his contract to accept the deal AC Milan and Genoa made, but finally Atlético Madrid have signed off and Alessio Cerci was cleared to have medicals with the Grifoni on Tuesday. That means that, barring a dramatic setback, Cerci is set to join them on loan until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old winger didn't have a great time at Milan during this year spent in rossonero since he recorded just 33 appearances -- most of them as substitute -- and scored once against Palermo on April 4, 2015. It's clear that he has fallen well short of the huge expectations everyone had after his breakout season at Torino in 2013/2014, and now he's trying to raise his career again to get back to his former standards.
To be honest, this is not a huge loss for the rossoneri due to Cerci's poor production in his time at Milan, especially with Adriano Galliani already considering other options in order to fill the void in the roster after his transfer. In theory at least, replacing Cerci's production while saving heavily on wages should be a simple proposition.
At the moment, Zio Fester is reportedly negotiating with Ajax for the 20-year-old winger Anwar El Ghazi, but Milan don't have enough money to afford his high cost now unless they find a way of selling Stephan El Shaarawy as well. If that doesn't happen, then Il Faraone, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, could be part of Zio Fester's plan B for replacing Cerci, but his situation is at a standstill and it still seems quite complicated.
The only certainty, for now, is that Cerci is as good as gone. Good luck in Genoa, Alessio.