Desperate to return to be protagonists in the Italian Serie A, AC Milan will have to make the best out of the January transfer market.
The ultimate goal is to return to the Champions League after five years of absence. Although the Rossoneri completed some decent signings during the summer transfer session, things have turned out different than expected.
Sitting fifth in the table, the fallen giants currently trail the fourth-placed Lazio by one point.
However, the Rossoneri’s performance in the domestic championship has been far from convincing.
Lack of consistency followed by the numerous ups and downs has seen the 7-time Champions League winners wrapping up one win in their last five league outings.
Milan’s main problems this season relates to their disastrous defensive outputs.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has managed to keep a clean sheet just four times in the opening 19 league fixtures.
Brought from Juventus back in the summer, Mattia Caldara has yet to record a single minute in Serie A this term.
With Mateo Musacchio also ruled out with an injury, the Milanese giants have to secure the services of a reliable defender.
Gennaro Gattuso has to bolster his rearguard and find a suitable partner to Alessio Romagnoli. The 23-year-old AC Milan captain has been the only solid defensive option Gattuso has had during the first half of the season.
Another issue the Italian heavyweights are faced with concerns their uninspiring displays in the final third.
Gonzalo Higuain, who arrived at the Estadio San Siro to solve Milan’s attacking problems, has failed to live up to expectations so far.
It’s not the Argentinean’s fault though that Hakan Calhanoglou and Suso struggled to keep their end of the bargain.
The Turkey international has indeed been the one to blame for the Rossoneri’s struggling in the attack.
Therefore, AC Milan Sporting Director Leonardo had to intervene in the market and sign Lucas Paqueta from Flamengo.
But, with Higuain and Patrick Cutrone being the only reliable attacking options, Leonardo may have to capture a new striker this January.
One of the names heavily linked with a move to San Siro recently has been Genoa wonder, Krzysztof Piatek.
Still, it’s quite difficult to expect Enrico Preziosi to renounce his most valuable asset before the end of the season.