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Is Villarreal’s Musacchio the first deal of Milan’s mega summer spend?

The world slowly changes for Milan as they move to secure their first signing.

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Villarreal CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Fotopress/Getty Images

Many had hoped that Milan’s recent takeover by Li Yonghong and his RSIL group would be the precursor to a summer transfer spree that would lay the foundations of Milan’s rebuilding process. La Stampa are claiming that this is exactly what will happen as soon as the season ends.

In fact, these aren’t just claims. La Gazzetta dello Sport have announced that Villareal defender Mateo Musacchio will be the first Milan signing of the new post-Berlusconi era under Li’s ownership. Musacchio will cost the Rossoneri around €18 million, but will be a player that will likely become worth a lot more than his price tag as Milan look to bolster their defence.

Transfers, for once, won’t be the biggest news for Milan fans - two huge items remain unresolved and firmly on the agenda. Firstly, the future of Gianluigi Donnarumma still hangs in the balance and any contract offered would certainly be rather expensive to secure the generational talent to the red side of the San Siro. Secondly, it is unsure if RSIL want manager Vincenzo Montella to continue in his role - if he doesn’t qualify for Europe, he will be sacked.

At any rate, Milan need a plan for the post-season period and they need it fast. If they can sort out the managerial situation as soon as possible (whether that is locking down Montella for the future or organising a replacement) and if they can seal the signature of Donnarumma - things will look a little bit brighter, regardless of their summer spend.