The Italian season is over halfway through but Adriano Galliani, vice-President and CEO of AC Milan, has been putting in the hours to give the red and black Milan side a much needed January makeover in order to start a fresh in Serie A.
So far a loan deal for former golden boy Kaka looks good to go and the indoor firework display specialist Mario Balotelli is keen on a move as long as Manchester City lower their asking price. So who else are Milan looking for to add some glamour and shirt sales to the club? None other than the hogger from school playground all grown up Adel Taarabt.
According to the Mirror, who have got their information from Italian rumour mill TuttoMercatoWeb, Taarabt’s people are in talks with Galliani over a potential move to the San Siro.
The Moroccan has been quoted as saying:
My agent is in talks with Galliani, but it depends on what happens with Robinho and (former AC Milan target Javier) Pastore”
With Robinho looking to be on the plane back to Brazil and PSG set to close the door on AC Milan’s advances for the ex-Palermo playmaker, the path from Loftus Road to the San Siro has been given the go ahead for a Taarabt only lane.
Two questions come to mind when I saw this rumour; 1. Do Milan need a midfielder? 2,.Does this transfer expose Serie A and Milan as unable to play with the financial big boys any more?
To answer the first question, yes. Kaka will be given a hero’s welcome, as long as everything goes through, as the man that Milan have been looking to for the creative spark has been the erratic Kevin Prince Boateng. Apart from him Milan have a choice of Montolivio, Flamini, Nocerino and Ambrosini for the centre of midfield with De Jong injured for the foreseeable, plenty of steel but not enough flair.
Robinho’s slow disintegration to the form similar to when he played in City blue has made him yearn for even warmer climates than the north of Italy leaving the number 10 role in the first team free. No doubt Kaka will get first choice of position and the number 10 role behind the strikers will suit him and the team but there is room for Taarabt in the playing squad.
The same answer must be used for the second question as Taarabt summed up his feelings on the transfer to Milan in TuttoMercato again:
Milan aren’t going through a glorious period now, and they’re no longer a part of the top clubs. However, if I joined Milan then it would open up the doors for me to great clubs like Real Madrid and Barca.”
Based on the stats Taarabt may have a point: AC Milan currently lie sixth in Serie A, 14 points behind leaders Juventus and 9 points behind Lazio who are in the final Champions League spot, they only managed 4 wins in the league by mid November and have relied heavily upon Stephan El Shaarawy’s goals to drag them into contention for a place in Europe.
AC Milan are no longer big club and may not be for some time. The departures of Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG last summer was a glaring statement about the finances that have been mishandled by former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, what a shocker the countries economy is in a similar shape. A period of transition has overcome AC Milan who have to rely upon their spiky haired youngsters and the possible transfers of lower league talismen like Taarabt.
Whether this transfer will come true is doubtful, as I know how much Redknapp will want to keep his playmaker but it would be hard to see a player like Taarabt, who loves the limelight and chance to play for a historically wonderful club, say no to Galliani.