It's no secret that AC Milan fans are worried about their club's transfer business. They have made many signings, but none of them truly can make the difference required: namely, turn the back into a big club. What to do?
Last season, Milan lacked so much. They lacked quality, they lacked effort, and they lacked inspiration. At one point they were almost set to sign Torino attacker Alessio Cerci, who would have been a great signing, but they seem to have missed out on him to Atletico Madrid.
They need, ideally, a few quality players in a budget of under €35m. Owned by Silvio Berlusconi, this amount should be manageable. So, how should they spend it?
The former Manchester United and Arsenal target is determined to leave Ukraine, but Premier League clubs have retracted all interest, with Milan the favourites to sign him. Costa is a highly promising prospect, and could be a superb asset as a Number 10 between El Shaarawy and Honda, behind Mario Balotelli.
Dongou, of Barcelona B, is touted as the next Samuel Eto'o. Mario Balotelli is excellent, but he cannot play all the time. Giampaolo Pazzini hasn't got many years left in him, and their other forwards are more wingers than out-and-out strikers.
Some potential to succeed Balotelli would be ideal, and 19-year-old Dongou would definitely be ready for regular first-team football in a couple of years. This could be a shrewd signing.
Last season, their regular left back Kevin Constant was, quite simply, not good enough. Chosen as the worst player of last season by website Forza Italian Football, he's departed. A replacement is needed, and Milan could just get themselves a bargain should they sign Guardado.
He'd be available for as little €10m, an incredibly low price for such a talented player, and his attacking runs from the left barceack position would be useful. His high work rate and offensive mindset would suit Milan's attacking style of football, and I can see him being one of the signings of the season.
I personally believe these three signings, plus the recent acquisition of Diego Lopez from Real Madrid and Alex from PSG, could blast Milan back to rivalling the best in the Serie A.