Milan prepare to return to the big time
A new era began with the entertaining Milan derby last weekend, one where both city giants are now under Chinese ownership, and new wealth could lead to a new balance of power at the top of Serie A.
Juventus have had it too comfortably at the summit of the league over much of the last decade, and underinvestment, especially on Milan's side, has led to a stagnation in their main competitors. Every term, Serie A bets were always going on the Bianconeri.
Inter have begun building their new side, with an Italian core of young players with great potential, spearheaded by Mauro Icardi. More is expected to change this Summer too, not least in the form of a new manager, with names as established as Antonio Conte being linked of late.
But what for Milan under the leadership of Yonghong Li? Well so far in a short period, there has been much speculation about the comings and goings when the transfer window reopens.
In defence, Matteo Musacchio of Villarreal is reported to have all but completed his move to San Siro, bringing some much needed strength and composure alongside Alessio Romagnoli. His signing would be a big sign of intent, with Milan fending off the attentions of Tottenham and Arsenal.
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea is another name that keeps coming up. Not able to hold down his spot in a strong Chelsea midfield, he is a player much admired by Milan's previous ownership, and there are reports that a verbal agreement has been made on a £25m move to Serie A.
And up front, with Carlos Bacca apparently on his way out according to multiple reports, the name that has come up today has been that of Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata. The ex-Juventus man was all but obliged to rejoin the Madrid side as part of his Juve move, should the Spaniards so desire, and so his move back to Spain to play a bit-part in Real's side, does not signal an unwillingness to stay in Italy. and recent reports in Spain say he has told the club that he intends to leave the Spanish giants this summer in search of first-team football.
The 24-year-old has scored 12 in 21 league matches this term, and could provide the strong focal point that the absence of Bacca would require.
Not even a week has passed since the takeover was announced, and yet the beginnings of a new, more competitive Milan, have begun to surface. With Inter continuing to reinforce, and Milan sure to strengthen, Serie A can only benefit in the coming years.