January transfer window ins and out at AC Milan
Milan have already secured a pair of new signings. What other movement can we expect from the Rossoneri in the coming weeks? HIT LIST Since the Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta partnership was broken up, Milan supporters have been desperate to see the defensive line reinforced with world-class talent. While that has largely been impossible given the club's lack of financial power, their inability to use their scouting network to identify another top talent has been disappointing.
Failure in that sector has in turn resulted in the signing of mediocre players, although former Valencia star Adil Rami promises to be an anomaly to that trend. The Frenchman has been training with the Rossoneri for a couple of months and will be settled at Milanello, and if he can bring solidity to the defence then further signings may not be required. Japan international Keisuke Honda has also confirmed his switch to Italy, and with Stephan El Shaarawy undergoing surgery on a troublesome foot, he will act as his replacement and bring quality and flair to the squad. With the Serie A season arguably already over for Milan given their current position, it remains to be seen whether there are further arrivals. Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan is perhaps most strongly linked with a move to San Siro, but is a completely unnecessary purchase and would only serve to further increase the frustration with the management. EXIT LIST With regard to players linked with an exit over the next month, M'Baye Niang has been sent on loan to Montpellier, which is arguably the best move of the transfer window thus far. Although a promising talent, Niang consistently failed to deliver and will require playing time in a less pressurised environment to see whether he can develop his skills and become the player many have tipped him to be. Elsewhere, the usual suspects including Antonio Nocerino and Robinho have been linked with departures, but at this stage it perhaps makes most sense to keep the squad together and wait for the summer when there may well be a coaching change. Massimiliano Allegri's long-term future is still in doubt, and it would seem nonsensical to start rebuilding the squad if he is not going to be at the helm to oversee the summer activity. Frustratingly, speculation continues to suggest that Milan are open to sending out their youngsters either on loan or as part of co-ownership deals to obtain their targets. The likes of Riccardo Saponara and Bryan Cristante have been labelled as the future of the club, and it would be bitterly disappointing if they were to be offloaded and Milan then moved away from their strategy of building for the future with home-grown talent.