At the start of this transfer window, AC Milan were promised a squad of 25 players, a three player downgrade from their squad of 28 the previous season.
But now, with only a week left in the transfer window, AC Milan needs to downsize their squad drastically, especially if more players are to arrive.
Milan’s current roster features this breakdown: four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 10 midfielders and six forwards. This current squad features 30 players, a five-player surplus to what Milan originally promised.
The promise at the start of the season was a squad featuring three goalkeepers, nine defenders, eight midfielders and five forwards. They currently have one too many goalkeepers, defenders and forwards, plus two too many midfielders.
The reason for this is Milan’s current injury crisis, which has seen six to eight players injured for periods of two weeks or more during the pre-season. Consequently, the squad currently features three players who have been branded as injury replacements.
Even without these players, though, Milan still has a two player surplus and with plans to bring in more players this week, they need to sell several players very quickly if they are to avoid having a large squad.
Unfortunately for Milan, it seems only Luca Antonini has been strongly rumoured out of the club. Other players such as Antonio Nocerino, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Robinho have also been rumoured out, but the weak nature of these bids have led to Milan keeping the players.
Let’s face it, Milan needs five players (at least) to leave. Given the long-term injury of Giampaolo Pazzini and the role of Andrea Petagna as his replacement, a squad size of 26 is more realistic for Milan.
Without any incoming transfers, Milan would need to get rid of Luca Antonini, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Valter Birsa, the latter on a loan basis.
If Milan were to sign any other players, more players would need to leave. With Adem Ljajic a possibility to join late in the transfer window and with Mamadou Sakho or Davide Astori rumoured to join Milan’s defensive ranks, a defender or two would have to leave too.
There is no doubt this last week will be incredibly intense for Milan as they could see big changes through their squad, should they qualify for Champions League.
At this point, fans can only wait in anticipation of what will happen.