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    SES scored 2 vs City, but Balotelli wasn't playing. Thats the reason behind.

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    Petagna seems to be our new Borriello, but a better version. King Boateng scored today vs Santos but cannot judge him yet. All in, we have a good striking dept,what sucks is our defence. Poli already pulling the strings in the mid, with Montolivo and De Jong they will form a good three, Cristante also there to cover up.

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    SES - Petagna- Niang was our attacking trident v Sao Paolo and they did quite well.This youngster Petagna impressed me again,has few good games in row, must be taken in consideration this season, esp. now that we have no money and Pazzini is long term injured.
    We badly need a new CB, Vergara got injured also today and Silvestre isnt Milan material, as much as i saw from highlights while at Palermo and Inter. Astori should be possible, i donot think cagliari will ask fortune for him.
    a positive signal came today from allegri also today as he played Urby as LB, his crosses werent the best but he can do it,carlo would have utilized him on the left.

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    Maldini urges Rossoneri to bring in Honda sooner rather than later

    Former AC Milan and Italy coach Cesare Maldini insists the Rossoneri are in need of strengthening ahead of the coming season if they are to maintain their reputation as perennial title challengers.

    The 81-year-old, father to club legend Paolo, spent 12 years with the side as a centre-back in the 1950′s and 1960′s as well as boasting two short spells as coach and further time as a scout.

    The ex-Azzurri coach gave his opinion on the mounting transfer speculation linking the club to CSKA Moscow’s Japan international, Keisuke Honda.

    “These days there is much talk of Honda,” he told Tuttomercatoweb. “He is a major player in my opinion.

    “I’ve saw him have great games, and I also believe the club has talked with [Japan national team coach Alberto] Zaccheroni.

    “He is unlikely to be freed, but for Milan it would be important to have him right away. Even just to further his adaptation and inclusion in the team and with Allegri’s style of play.”

    Maldini also commented on the monetary constraints the Rossoneri currently find themselves operating within.

    “Historically, Milan must always aim to win,” he continued. “But is is clear that the team is incomplete and must come to terms with the budget.

    “[Club vice-president Adriano] Galliani is still very active however, and is trying to do his best.”

    The former defender did, however, voice concerns over Milan’s signing of Inter central defender, Matias Silvestre.

    “Everyone has their own opinion, but I can say he is not a player of a high level,” he said.

    “I’ve never been impressed – he is not one of those players that makes the difference.

    “At Inter he did not play much, but I do not think that he has ever done extraordinary things.

    “As I said, though, it will be a choice dictated by the budget.”





    Cesare talking a lot of sense as ususal. What these friendlies have showed us is that we have a lot of quality (Poli, SES, Petagna, NDJ) and beyond that Abate, De Sciglio, Montolivo, Balotelli, but in equal measure we have a high proportion of players who simply should not be at the club, who are a drain on finances. Traore, Zaccardo, Mexes, Constant.

    The problem is that we are lacking in 2 key areas. Drastically at CB. Zapata is good, Vergara is a kid, Silvestre is joe average, Mexes is either great or shocking and there is no way of telling which, and Bonera is not great.

    The other area is in the second striker/AM role. Honda is looking likely to come in Jan, which means he will not only miss the first half of the season, but he will be UCL cup tied. All for the sake of 1m!

    We also really need to sort the keeper position. Abbiati always has a mistake in him!

    The problems can be sorted for 20m. We dont ask for (or want) to spend 100m on Bale (even though Leonardo asked for him in 2010 ) and he'd have cost less than 10! We dont ask for Falcao, Messi or Cavani.

    Ljajic - 10m
    Honda - 1m to have him now
    CB - 7-8m (Dede, Astori)

    less than 20m can make us a quality side, if Berlusconi wants to preach that he is still in love with Milan, he needs to show it. We made 51m from UCL last year, where is it? He said the club had to be self sufficicent, we are asking for less tha 50% of the revenue to be spent on transfers. (about 50% including the Baloteli installment). I do not see this as unreasonable. We all appreciate and respect the financial austerity measures, we dont want to be on a knife edge like Chelsea or Madrid with crazy debts, but you need to spend money to make money. Adding those three abovemakes this plausible


    ----------------------------------------------------------------Abbiati
    Abate--------------------------------------Zapata------------------------------Dede--------------------------------------------De Sciglio
    ----------------------------------------------------------------De Jong
    ---------------------------------------Poli------------------------------------------------Montolivo
    ----------------Honda/Ljajic----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------El Shaarawy
    ---------------------------------------------------------------Balotelli

    Subs: Niang, Boateng, Mexes, Silvestre, Cristante, Muntari, Pazzini, Petagna, Robinho, Amelia, Gabriel, Nocerino, Antonini, Vergara, Saponara


    Even with Allegri that is a very good young side, and the beauty is that with 20m investment, that side is pretty much sorted for at least 3 years with no need for real investment, only tweaking. 20m over 3 years is not even 7m a year!

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    Five things Milan learned from the Audi Cup


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    The pre-season schedule has seen Milan stop off in Munich over the past two days, where they finished in third place in the Audi Cup. Improving fitness levels aside, what can Massimiliano Allegri take away from the tournament?

    With the Serie A campaign starting a week later than the English top flight, it would undoubtedly have been difficult to assess the squad during the opening half hour against Manchester City.

    It was evident that the Premier League side were at a much more advanced stage of their pre-season schedule, while Milan were also missing key players through injury and extended breaks after international duty.

    Nevertheless, Allegri will have been buoyed by the spirited fight-back to ensure a more respectable score-line, which was then followed up by a clean sheet. The Milan coach can take positives away from the tournament, but will also have some things to consider ahead of the new season.

    1. Stephen El Shaarawy: Milan vice president Adriano Galliani was particularly pleased with El Shaarawy's performance in the opening game, as the 20-year-old returned to goal-scoring form with a brace -- which would undoubtedly have helped rebuild confidence.

    The Italian international also looked sharp against Sao Paulo, which bodes well for the year ahead. Much was made of his decline in the second-half of last season, but seemingly recharged after the summer break, Il Faraone will have a vital role to play moving forward.





    APAC Milan's Bryan Cristante (R) and Jherson Vergara (L) battle for the ball in the Audi Cup.

    2. Defence: In contrast, the standard of defending was comical at times against Manuel Pellegrini's side regardless lack of fitness, with the deficiency in depth due to injuries laid bare.

    With Daniele Bonera, Philippe Mexes and Cristian Zapata all missing, youngster Jherson Vergara failed to shine in Germany which makes the move to bring in Matias Silvestre seem like a sensible option.

    While Vergara struggled, Davide Pacifico's performance against Sao Paulo was noticeable, and it will be interesting to follow the 19-year-old's development over the next few years.

    3. Bryan Cristante: As has become a feature of Milan's pre-season displays in the last two years, Bryan Cristante continues to impress when handed the opportunity.

    Unfortunately he appears to be most comfortable in a position that captain Riccardo Montolivo would occupy, but he will have done his chances no harm with another composed performance on Thursday.

    Perhaps still lacking an element of experience and awareness in such a key position, his vision and ability on the ball is not in question as he looked at home with his probing passes and neat footwork.

    4. Andrea Petagna: With Giampaolo Pazzini ruled out for the start of the new season with injury, Milan have sensibly declined the temptation to purchase cover by showing faith in Andrea Petagna.

    Still only 18 years of age, the youngster demonstrated his eye for goal whilst also impressing with some excellent build up play as he linked up well with his team-mates.

    It is unlikely he will get a significant amount of playing time considering the return of Mario Balotelli, but he certainly gives Allegri an option off the bench.

    5. Tactics: Much will change with the return of Allegri's international stars, but Milan still looked effective when deploying two wingers.

    Balotelli will return to being the focal point of the Rossoneri's attack, which will in turn allow Allegri to make adjustments elsewhere to satisfy the desire to see the trequartista role reintroduced.

    As a result, it is difficult to make assessments at this early stage with so many missing players, but it does add a dynamic to this squad as well as some much needed flexibility.

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    Milan have made a formal 8m Euro offer for Ljajic. This is a bit low IMO but not an insulting first offer.

    The sensible thing to do is to loan Niang out for a year and then bring him back when Robinho finally goes!

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    I agree Drew 8 mil for an initial offer for Ljajic isn't really insulting&a good starting point given a month of the market to go&hoping something can be done asap.It seems Adem want's to join us&I hope this is true,if Honda can't come now then we have to obviously look for alternatives&Ljajic would be a great signing this summer.

    It's still a concern about our defence we need a major coup there&can't rely on the likes of Antonini,Bonera,Silvestre etc etc.
    MILAN QUA SI VIVERE IL SOGNI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ljajic has agreed personal terms with Milan, rejecting Tottenham. It's now tricky for viola as Ljajic ink wants Milan so they have to sell him to us or he goes for free next year.

    This is a great coup if we can pull it off. I don't know why we don't offer Niang on loan to sweeten the deal.

    Only Galliani can stuff this up now

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