Serie A giants AC Milan have revealed plans to build a new stadium in order to end their groundsharing responsibilities with fierce rivals Inter.
But, whilst the concept art hints at a venue capable of the spectacular, the club hierarchy should instead use the money to invest in players who have the ability to fire them back to the big time.
Though they are better off under manager Filippo Inzaghi than they were under Clarence Seedorf a year ago, their failure to be heavily active in the transfer market is damaging their credentials and buying new players should be the priority ahead of a glitzy and glamorous new home.
Milan are keen to rebuild with Inzaghi at the helm and badly need some stability, with years of mis-management leaving them languishing way behind the likes of Juventus and Roma who now spearhead the league standings on a regular basis.
They aim to move into the stadium in time for the start of the 2018/2019 season, but with Borussia Dortmund’s current difficulties in the Bundesliga and the fact they still lack quality to become the superpower of old whether or not they remain in the top flight is no longer as certain as before.
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The club have played at the San Siro since the 1920s and now believe that it is time for a change nearly a century on.
Yet whilst a stadium is a sign of their financial muscle, what is more urgently needed is money to be spent on bringing around five top players to one of the greatest and most historical clubs on the planet.
January was a month that saw them buy in bulk rather than based on quality. Fernando Torres was replaced with Roma’s Mattia Destro, but the purchases of Gabriel Paletta and Luca Antonelli were ones that looked, to the neutrals at least, like panic buys.
What they need is a solid spine to the team. The Milan teams of old had a solid goalkeeper (Dida aside,) defenders made in the mould of Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta, with star performers such as Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko and Marco Van Basten. How times change.
Where they finish in the league table could determine the extent in which they spend in the summer, but despite the plenty of new arrivals work remains to be done.
Milan’s aim is to finish in the top three and secure a return to the top tier of European football as a result.
But competition for the third and final slot is fierce, with the likes of Napoli, Sampdoria and Lazio all in the mix.
If they do manage to pip the rest of the chasing back to the prize, then only then may ideas of a new stadium be understandable. But until then, investment on players is the more urgent matter.
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