Transfer News: Krzysztof Piatek Joins AC Milan for €36 Million from Genoa

Transfer News: Krzysztof Piatek Joins AC Milan for €36 Million from Genoa

AC Milan announced the signing of Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek for €36 Million on a long term four and a half year deal.

Piatek has been a part of this transfer merry go round that has seen Piatek join AC Milan, Gonzalo Higuain join Chelsea from AC Milan and Alvaro Morata going to join Atletico Madrid. Piatek joined Genoa from Polish side Cracovia earlier this Season for a reported €4 Million and after hitting the ground running in the Serie A with 13 Goals in 19 appearances had attracted a whole fleet of top Clubs. But it was finally AC Milan who acquired Piatek’s services.

Piatek has committed himself to Milan till June 2023 and the Poland International will be reportedly earning, 40,000 a week (2 Million per year). Genoa originally valued Piatek at 40 Million and had to reduce their asking price to €36 Million which is still nine times the money they invested in him just 6 months back when he signed from Ekstraklasa (Polish League) Club Cracovia for €4 Million. A good bit of business from Genoa’s point of view.

Piatek will wear the number 19 shirt and has already begun training with his new Club on Thursday. Just moments after his first press conference as a Milan player, he revealed that he was a big AC Milan fan as a kid and fans of the Club flooded the internet with a picture of a young Krzysztof Piatek near a swimming pool with an AC Milan towel on his back. 

“When I was a child I was an AC Milan fan. Being here is a dream come true. It’s great to be here close to these legends. It’s an important step for me. I wanted to prove I am good enough for Serie A but I haven’t changed as a person, I am always the same”.

Piatek is relatively a risk compared to the experienced Higuain but we can say without a doubt that he has an eye for goal. Piatek has been scoring goals by the dozen at Girona and incidentally became the first player since the 1949-50 Serie A Season to score eight goals in his first six games. Another talking point that has been floating around for a while now is that what does this move mean for Milan’s prodigal striker Patrick Cutrone?

Piatek seems to be playing it safe for now with his comments. Only one of them will lead the line for Milan and only time can tell us who.

“It’s another step of my career, I hope I will play well with him. I hope we’ll score many goals together. I hope it will go well”. 

3 astonishing facts of Italian Super Cup: Juventus vs AC Milan

3 astonishing facts of Italian Super Cup: Juventus vs AC Milan

Juventus beat AC Milan 1-0 in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night to win the Italian Super Cup for a record eighth time. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the match to win his first trophy with Juventus. 

Italian Super Cup match went ahead at a sold-out King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah in front of more than 61,000 fans, including many women who were only allowed into Saudi sports stadiums a year ago for the first time to watch soccer matches.

The first half ended scoreless, although both teams had chances. Juventus had the bulk of them, although neither team will feel too good about their finishing in the first half. Then, in the 61st minute, Ronaldo broke the deadlock. He was able to slip through the offside trap while Miralem Pjanic was able to put in a pass from outside the box, totally left alone. It was a defensive breakdown, and although Gigio Donnarumma was able to get to the shot, the header had too much pace for him to handle.
In addition to winning this prestigious match, it turns out there are at least three astonishing facts for Juventus in this titanic duel.

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Juventus overtakes AC Milan

Juventus successfully won the Italian Super Cup for the eighth time in their history of the. The Super Cup, which was first held since 1988, brings together the winners of the Italian Serie A with the Coppa Italia champions. But the story is different if the winner of the Serie A and Coppa Italia are the same team, like Juventus. Then, the Coppa Italia runner-up will be taken into account as the opponent of Serie A in the Supercoppa Italiana, as happened to AC Milan who occupied the second place in the 2017/18 Coppa Italia. With the 8th title obtained this Wednesday, Juventus are now the King of Super Cup, because they have overtaken Milan as the most champions in this competition. Previously, AC Milan and Juventus, both had seven Supercoppa Italiana titles.

Cristiano Ronaldo and the Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo became the Juventus hero after he won the Italian Super Cup, with the only goal he scored against AC Milan on Wednesday. With this Supercoppa Italiana title, Ronaldo has won the ‘Super Cup’ in all countries where he has a career as a football player. Supertaca Candido de Oliveira (Portuguese Super Cup), Community Shield (Premier League Super Cup), Supercopa de Espana (Spanish Super Cup) and Supercoppa Italiana (Italy), all of which he got from four different countries.

“I have my first title with Juventus so I’m happy. I really wanted this, to get off to a good start in 2019. This is only the start, we’ll take it one step at a time. We’ve got this cup, now we must keep working hard to achieve the next trophy,” said Ronaldo.

10th trophy for Allegri in Juventus

With the Italian Super Cup title early on Wednesday, Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri also recorded an impressive personal record as a coach. This is the 10th trophy Allegri won as a Juventus boss which began in the 2014/15 season. Massimiliano Allegri won this trophy for the second time, having lost to AC Milan in 2016 and Lazio last year.

“It was very hot and the important thing was to win. Ronaldo? We always say the same thing … that’s why we signed him. He is decisive and scores big goals, but the whole team put in a good performance,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Inter Milan 1 – 0 AC Milan | Icardi scores last minute winner

Inter Milan 1 - 0 AC Milan | Mauro Icardi scores last minute winner

Serie A 2018/19 Highlights: Icardi late winner gives Inter win over rivals AC Milan.

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi scored a late winner to hand them the bragging rights as they beat city rivals AC Milan at the San Siro in the Serie A on Monday. The 222nd Milan derby looked like it would end in a goalless draw after both sides missed a host of opportunities before Icardi scored a dramatic injury-time winner as he head in a Matias Vecino cross. Inter Milan were deserved winners but the game was a lackluster one. Inter Milan did all the early work as they looked to get a solid start early with Nainggolan and  Vecino pulling the strings from midfield but after Inter lost Nainggolan to a first-half injury, the game slowed down and both sides had minimal chances.

Handovic in the Inter goal hardly had any work to do through the game mainly due to the solid work of Skriniar and De Vrij ahead of him who kept Higuaín and co in check. Out of the 15 shots AC Milan had on goal only a solitary one was on target and that all in all summed up the night AC Milan were having in front of goal. Inter too weren’t the best going forward. They mustered a total of 18 shots out of which they managed just four on target. They, however, had the better share of possession and looked the better team throughout the game.

Mauro Icardi was the hero yet again as the Inter Milan captain scored a late winner, yet again and made sure the Inter fans left the San Siro with the joy of beating their bitter rival and a song to sing, one that they have most often than not. Icardi touched the ball only 15 times throughout the whole game but was in the right place at the right time, like all good strikers are meant to be and headed in the winning goal in the 93rd minute of the game after a goal he netted was rightly disallowed a few minutes earlier. The closest either side came before the Icardi winner was when Stefan De Vrij hit the post from close range, one that he should have buried in the back of the net. But the winner means that Inter Milan now move up to third place on the Serie A table, one point behind Napoli and one point ahead of Lazio. They have shown that they are capable of outstanding performances and are certainly a team to watch out in the Serie A this year.

AC Milan 4 – 1 Sassuolo | Serie A 2018/19

AC Milan 4 - 1 Sassuolo | Serie A 2018/19

AC Milan gain three points after their impressive 4-1 victory against Sassulo in the Serie A on Monday.

AC Milan emerged victorious against Sassulo, a team who were playing surprisingly well this season, blocking their chance of being second in the league below Juventus. Milan won 4-1 away to end a run of three successive draws.

Suso blasted an early strike against the crossbar from a complicated angle but Franck Kessie could have given Milan the lead in the 26th minute. His shot beat Andrea Consigli but lacked sufficient power to cross the line, allowing Pol Lirola to clear off the line. Federico Di Francesco missed an equally golden chance when he drilled at the legs of Gianluigi Donnarumma. 

Franck Kessie made up for his previous mistake when controlled the ball in his own half, sprinted forward before half-time and scored from the edge of the area to give Milan the lead at the 39th minute.

Suso and Samu Castillejo also scored for the visitors with long-range left-foot shots after the break. Suso doubled the score sheet at the 50th-minute as he made his 100th Serie A appearance. Castillejo scored a similar goal at the hour mark for Milan which marked first Rossoneri goal. 

Filip Djuricic secured one goal back for Sassuolo but the team couldn’t win the match that could have led them to the 2nd spot at the Seria A table. Instead, they stand at the 5th now.

Suso managed to fire the fourth for the season and second of the night in stoppage-time. He has been directly involved in the most number of goals (5) for Milan in Serie A this season.

Reports in Italy have suggested Milan’s poor start to the Serie A season meant the club was considering replacing coach Gattuso with former Chelsea and Juventus coach Antonio Conte but this win might be a factor for his extended his stay.

AC Milan host Olympiacos in the Europa League on 4th October, Thursday before welcoming Chievo in Serie A three days later. While Sassuolo have another tough game next Sunday, 7th October against Napoli. 

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Cesc Fabregas linked with a Move to AC Milan

Cesc Fabregas linked with a Move to AC Milan

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas is linked with a move to AC Milan in January and could move to the Rossoneri on a Free Transfer. Fabregas has entered the last year on his Chelsea Contract, and as per FIFA rules, he can begin negotiations and sign a Pre-Contract with any Club in January. Considering Fabregas is 31-Years-Old, and Chelsea have close to Seven Midfield options, the move becomes more probable.

Fabregas looked spectacular in Pre-Season against A-League side Perth Glory. His composed presence in midfield along with his accurate passing seemed to be an invaluable asset to Sarri’s Chelsea but since the Community Shield loss to Manchester City, but has been out with a Knee injury. He is still recovering from his knee injury but should be back to fitness in the next few days as Manager Maurizio Sarri deemed the injury “Not Serious”

The Former Arsenal midfielder will find it exceptionally difficult to break into the side as the Midfield trio of Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho is doing very well for Chelsea at the Moment. AC Milan have reportedly been interested in Fabregas since his early Arsenal days.

Milan has a History of picking up out of favor Chelsea Players, Signing then Chelsea record Signing Fernando Torres on Loan in 2014. Recently Chelsea offloaded French Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to the Rossoneri on an initial loan with a 35 Million pound option to buy. Milan will be looking to cash in on their healthy professional relationship with the Blues to finalize a deal.

Fabregas joined Chelsea in 2014 for 32 Million pounds and has been a mainstay at Stamford Bridge scoring 15 Goals and registering 37 Premier League assists. Though the reports of a move to Milan are being circulated, a comeback to the Chelsea lineup can’t be ruled out. Considering he won over a defensive Manager like Antonio Conte, with his attacking prowess, you expect the Spaniard to make an impact on Sarri.

AC Milan 2 – 1 AS Roma: Post-Match Review

AC Milan 2 - 1 AS Roma: Post-Match Review

On 31st  August, AC Milan and AS Roma played it out under the floodlights of Sam Siro as the home team emerged victorious in a nail-biting fixture that saw the Rosseneri clinch a late winner.

Following the opening round’s 3-2 defeat at Napoli when they threw away a 2-0 lead, Milan appeared set to suffer another disappointing night before Patrick Cutrone converted a defence-splitting pass by Gonzalo Higuain in the death of  stoppage time moving Roma’s record to 1-1-1.

Milan might not be in the reckoning as genuine title challengers to Juventus this season, but they showed exactly why they are very highly rated. A team with a wonderful balance of experience and youth, flair and grit, this Milan side have genuine potential to challenge for the league soon.  Gennaro Gattuso has Milan playing wonderful passing soccer — in many ways the opposite of how Gattuso himself played — and he would have been proud of the character showed by his team last night to hand Roma their first defeat in over three years at the San Siro. With rumours aplenty that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was being lined up to replace Gattuso in case of a prolonged poor start to the season, the Milan Manager had a lot at stake as he went in the game with the pressure on him.

 Determined to make amends for the slip-up at Napoli, Milan laid siege to Roma’s goal in the opening half.  Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie opened the scoring in the 40th minute, after good work by left back Ricardo Rodriguez, who turned his marker and delivered a clever pass across the face of goal. The pressure was building on Milan with a breakthrough coming in the 59th minute as Roma equalised unexpectedly just before the hour as centre back Federico Fazio unleashed a stinging volley from inside the penalty area after Milan failed to clear a corner.

Gonzalo Higuain then thought he had netted his first goal for Milan after dispatching his effort in the 61st minute. Nevertheless, his goal was chalked off for offside, after replays showed he had strayed fractionally beyond the last defender as he raced clear on goal. N’Zonzi was the next man to fall foul of technology, although the shaky set piece defending on display from the hosts made Roma appear the most likely winners. Cutrone had other ideas. Alisson left sizeable gloves to fill at Roma. Olsen might lack the flashy footwork of his Brazilian predecessor but he is proving an instantly reassuring presence and chipped in with fine saves in either half. Gattuso, famously a combative midfielder during his playing days, was impressed by his team’s willingness to battle through some heavy weather when Roma were in the ascendancy after half-time. “We worked on our mentality and on knowing how to suffer. We can’t think that we can control the game for 90 minutes. Sometimes you need to play with a knife between your teeth”, he said.

And just when it looked as if both sides would take a share of the spoils, Milan’s hard work paid off as Cutrone latched onto a Higuain pass to fire past Robin Olsen. The ex-Juventus striker expertly found the youngster in the centre of the box, who guided his effort into the bottom right corner, much to the delight of the 60,000 Rosseneri fans in San Siro.

Roma dominated the second half. That much was certain. In many ways though, it was this domination and pursuit of all three points that cost them the game. Eusebio Di Francesco will be pleased with the effort put in by his players in the second half, after being thoroughly outplayed in the first, but maybe a little tactical naivety came into play right at the end for his team.

 Roma could have gone to the top of the Serie A table with a point, while Milan picked up their first victory of the campaign after suffering a last-gasp defeat against Napoli last time out.

Serie A: Napoli delivers the telling blow in the home game against AC Milan

Serie A: Napoli delivers the telling blow in the home game against AC Milan

It was a clash of the giants and a decisive encounter for the table in Serie A. An attacking prowess in the form of Napoli faced a determined and sturdy team in the form of AC Milan. A mouth-watering encounter kicked off, as both the sides began pressing forward in the attack early in the game.

While it was AC Milan who did most of the damage in the first half, with two clinical finishes. The first of the two finishes came from the Italian midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura, who slapped the ball home from a close-range in the 15th minute of the encounter.

There was never a chance that the new goalkeeper David Ospina to stop the goal from the Italian midfielder. With Dries Mertens on the bench, Napoli were hell-bent on the Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski to lead the team.

Milan leading 1 – 0 against Napoli at the break:

However, going into the break Milan were the better side with a host of chances against Napoli in the encounter. Further, in the second half, AC Milan full-back, Davide Calabria doubled the lead for the Red and Blacks with a neat finish across the goalkeeper.

2 – 0 down and under, Napoli needed a player to step up on the night. It was the Polish midfielder Zielinski, who brought the team from Naples back in the game. With a clinical finish in the 53rd minute, the midfielder opened the scoring for Napoli at 1 – 2 on his left-foot.

Further, the second goal from Zielinski was the show-stopper. The Polish midfielder slapped home first-time after Tiemoue Bakayoko cleared the ball to his path. The on-rushing midfielder connected the volley first time crashing the ball into the net to draw level against Milan.

Late drama was in the display as the substitute and the Belgian forward Dries Mertens poked home from close-range to give Napoli a thrilling 3 – 2 win against Milan. Ancelotti’s side were up and away in the league with six points in two games, while Gattuso’s Milan had questions to answer.

Diego Laxalt to AC Milan

Diego Laxalt to AC Milan

AC Milan have reportedly reached an agreement with Genoa over the signing of Diego Laxalt, with the Uruguayan set to undergo his medical on 16th August, Thursday, ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline for the Italian clubs. Milan have agreed on a €14 million plus deal for the Uruguayan international with more than €4 million to be given in bonuses.

It is understood that Genoa still owes Milan €11m for striker Gianluca Lapadula, who was loaned to Genoa last season with an option to buy. After failing to strike a deal for the Rossoneri midfielder Andrea Bertolacci, Genoa will be looking to cover for the cost of Lapadula for Laxalt. As a result, €11 million will be offset against the fee for Laxalt’s transfer.

The 25-year-old Uruguayan has established himself as a key figure for club and country, showing versatility and consistency down the left flank not only in defensive but also in attacking roles.

Laxalt enjoyed a good run at the 2018 World Cup for Uruguay, where his team was considered to have one of the best defenses of the tournament. In addition to that, Laxalt made 34 appearances for Genoa last season, scoring four times and providing three assists. The Rossoneri hope to strengthen the left flank with this addition. If the deal is successful Laxalt can be a backup option for the left-back position amidst doubts surrounding the new arrival Ivan Strinic’s physical fitness.

However, once the latter’s fitness is certain, him along with Ricardo Rodriguez will also battle Laxalt for a place in the starting line-up at left-back. Only time will tell whether or not the arrival of more competition forces one of the former two to head in the opposite direction or if coach Gennaro Gattuso merely requires further depth as he aims for glory not only in Italy but also in European competitions.

Laxalt will arrive in Milan on Wednesday night before undergoing his medical on Thursday following which he will be expected to confirm his move to San Siro. Laxalt may not be the most spectacular of signings this summer for Milan but he will be a welcome addition to the squad as he can also play as an attacking full-back or as the modern football terminology calls it, “wing-back”. He is known to run down the left flank and reach into crucial crossing positions as observed during his time with Genoa as well as with Uruguay in Russia.

Along with the signings of the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Mattia Caldara and Tiémoué Bakayoko, the Rossoneri manager Gattuso will hope that they’ve done enough this summer to ensure the formation of a team that is capable of breaking back into the top four in Serie A, and consequently qualify for the Champions League next season, thereby embark on a path that will restore AC Milan to its former glory.

Locatelli – Italian midfielder joins Sassuolo from AC Milan

Locatelli - Italian midfielder joins Sassuolo from AC Milan

Sassuolo has completed the signing of Manuel Locatelli from AC Milan on loan with an obligation to make the move a permanent one.

Locatelli will join Sassuolo on loan for a fee of €2 million with an obligation to buy for €12 million (with bonuses). There is no buy-back clause in the contract as the choice of the player.

AC Milan Sporting Director, Leonardo Araujo said: “We have never thought about selling him, but the intention of the player is another thing.”

The two Serie A clubs announced the deal through their clubs’ official websites on Monday.

AC Milan’s official website: “AC Milan announces the agreement for the player Manuel Locatelli to join US Sassuolo Calcio on a loan deal with an obligation to buy. AC Milan wishes Manuel the best of luck in his future sporting career, thanking him for his professionalism and commitment to the Club.”

The Sassuolo official website: “LOCATELLI Manuel (’98, midfielder): acquired as a loan with a redemption obligation from AC Milan. The player will be presented to the press on Thursday 16th August at 3.30 pm at the Seminar Room of the Mapei office in Via Valle d’Aosta, 46 in Sassuolo.”

Locatelli started his career with Atalanta and later moved to AC Milan at the age of 11. With them, the youngster advanced through every youth category in the club before finally making his Serie A debut for Milan’s senior team in 2015/2016 season. The next year he made 25 appearances. Last season he appeared in 21 league matches, most of them as a substitute and represented Mian in 7 matches in the Europa League. 

The midfielder made a total of 63 appearances in his Milan career, registering 2 goals and an assist. The Italy u-21 midfielder now joins fellow Serie A side Sassuolo in search of regular football.

Sassuolo face Inter Milan in their first Serie A fixture of the season on Monday, 20th August.


Andre Silva – AC Milan striker joins Sevilla on loan

Andre Silva - AC Milan striker joins Sevilla on loan

Sevilla have completed the signing of Portuguese striker Andre Silva from AC Milan in a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Sevilla published a statement on their website saying that the deal was done, adding that the loan move would have an option to make Andre Silva‘s move a permanent one.

A statement in the club’s official website read: “Sevilla FC and AC Milan have reached an agreement for the loan, with an option to buy, of André Silva, subject to the passing of a medical. “

Sevilla boss Pablo Manchin heaped praise on the young striker joins on loan from AC Milan.

Machin said: “Andre Silva is a great signing. A young player whom Milan made a big investment on, he is also a Portuguese international. He has chosen us despite having other offers and the fact that Milan wanted to keep him.”

Andre Silva first made his breakthrough with Porto in the 16/17 season when he scored 16 goals in 32 league matches. He would go on to register 24 goals in 58 matches for the club.

The striker then joined AC Milan in 2017 after his brilliant performance in Portugal. For the Serie A side, despite not being the starting striker as much as he’d like, he still managed to register 10 goals in just 18 starts. Now with the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus earlier this summer, Andre Silva would have possibly been pushed down the pecking order in AC Milan.

The 22-year-old made his international debut for Portugal in 2016 and has since become a key player for the national team, scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances, also participating in the Portuguese squad for the World Cup this year.

The Portuguese international took to Instagram to thank the fans of AC Milan.

His post read: “I wanted to thank everyone for support this year! Thank you ac Milan!! Ready for the next step”

Andre Silva becomes the club’s 7th signing of the summer after the arrivals of Ibrahim Amadou, Joris Gnagnon, Aleix Vidal, Tomas Vaclik, Roque Mesa and Sergi Gomez.