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Serie A is spending a lot of money this summer, but why the sudden surge?

The ESPN FC experts discuss Carlos Bacca's possible transfer from Sevilla to AC MIlan, where Alejandro Moreno believes Bacca will be impressive at Milan.

Ending austerity is quite the zeitgeist and nowhere more so than in Italy. Cautiously optimistic about moving out of recession this year and seeing accelerated growth in 2016 and 2017, Europe's third biggest economy is showing the first signs of recovery. Italian football would appear to be, too.

"Rich again," declared La Stampa. A year ago, Serie A's clubs had spent €126.4 million on recruitment by the end of June. Even though the market was kind of on standby because of the World Cup,...

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AC Milan make breakthrough with Bacca joining and deadwood leaving

AC Milan are reportedly close to confirming the signing of Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca.

It may have taken them longer than it should but it finally appears as though Milan are identifying the problems in their squad and addressing them.

It has been a busy week in the transfer market, with good moves being made both in terms of signings and letting players go. From Nigel De Jong signing a contract extension to the arrival of Andrea Bertolacci, the Rossoneri have been smart so far and it is reported that Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca will arrive sooner rather than later.

While those...

Kondogbia's signing doesn't just benefit Inter, but Serie A as a whole

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti responds to Geoffrey Kondogbia's move to Inter Milan, where he believes Kondogbia was as good as Paul Pogba when he moved to Monaco.

The San Siro isn't the only stage for the Derby della Madonnina. Every now and again it is played in the transfer market, too.

Twelve years ago, Inter coach Hector Cuper went public with his desire for owner Massimo Moratti to sign "an imposing centre-back." Cuper went even further, identifying the ones he had in mind so there could be no misunderstanding. "A Jaap Stam or Alessandro Nesta," Cuper said. Alas, his wishes went unfulfilled. Both would join Milan, although not simultaneously, after...

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Why has AC Milan's transfer strategy failed so spectacularly this summer?

ESPN FC's Craig Burley asks if AC Milan's appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic as manager is enough to turn the club around.

In the space of seven days, AC Milan have gone from being on the cusp of signing two players that could have formed an exciting new core to to seeing those targets join other clubs. CEO Adriano Galliani insisted that they saved nearly €75 million after missing out on their targets, and added that only time will tell whether or not that is a good or bad thing.

With Geoffrey Kondogbia joining Inter and Jackson Martinez's move to Atletico Madrid "finalised," according to the player's agent,...

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Sinisa Mihajlovic must get Stephan El Shaarawy on track at AC Milan

AC Milan have appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic as manager after sacking Filippo Inzaghi.
AC Milan have appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic as manager after sacking Filippo Inzaghi.

The worst-kept secret in football finally became a reality on Tuesday as Milan dismissed Filippo Inzaghi after just one season in charge. While Pippo will now search for a new adventure, his successor has plenty to think about after he is eventually appointed.

Mihajlovic was present at Casa Milan shortly after the Inzaghi announcement was made to sign a deal to become the new coach of the Rossoneri.

After spells at Bologna, Catania and Fiorentina, but more recently and most notably with Sampdoria,...

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Big-spending AC Milan must not neglect biggest weakness

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol is at odds with the reports as to why Jackson Martinez would sign with struggling AC Milan.
ESPNFC's Craig Burley tells Alexis Nunes that a return to AC Milan for Zlatan Ibrahomovic wouldn't make footballing sense.

In all of the excitement of the past week, all concerned with Milan can be forgiven for leaving their troubles behind and focusing on the high-profile names linked with the club.

From Jackson Martinez all but sealing a move to the San Siro to Zlatan Ibrahimovic being linked with a return this summer, there is an obvious emphasis on strengthening the front line. Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has regularly been linked with a switch to Italy, too.

However, without wanting to spoil the party entirely,...