For too long, AC Milan have been stuck in the wilderness. Nearly four years on from their last Serie A triumph, and eight years on from their last Champions League success, whether or not they can ever return to the lofty heights of old is a question many fans want answered.
Silvio Berlusconi has owned the Italian giants for 29 years now. Though for the majority of his time at the helm has seen them deliver success in abundance, nearly three decades on their current predicament could force him out of the exit door. Cue Bee Taechaubol.
Ever since Massimiliano Allegri last won the club the Scudetto in 2011 with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andrea Pirlo and Ronaldinho amongst their ranks, the club have been on a downward spiral and now appear unable to challenge for honours anymore.
Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, two of the players of the season, were sold to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2012 and, with Pirlo opting to join Antonio Conte at Juventus, the glorious squad was being truly ripped apart.
Allegri was sacked midway through last season after failing in the transfer market and failing to mount a title challenge. His successor came in the form of club legend Clarence Seedorf, but despite the Dutchman’s universal popularity he too was forced out of the club after only managing to secure a eighth placed finish.
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Now Filippo Inzaghi is in charge, but how long another fan favourite lasts is unclear with Milan in 11th place and 12 points behind Napoli in their quest for Champions League qualification.
Despite Berlusconi transforming them from a club always entrenched in scandal to one of the world’s elite sides, their lack of financial power is hindering them in the transfer market when it comes to securing big names.
The current squad is a mess, mainly composed of mediocre players; a far cry from the swashbucklers of old. Only Jeremy Menez, who arrived from PSG on a free transfer in the summer, looks befitting of wearing the famous black and white striped jersey.
Foreign ownership would divide opinion but big money takeovers have often been a catalyst for success. Chelsea have emerged as one of the world’s biggest clubs since Roman Abramovich rolled into town back in 2004, whilst Manchester City have won two league titles, an FA Cup and a Capital One Cup ever since they were taken over back in 2008.
Taechaubol has the riches to fire the fallen giants back to the summit of Italian football. He has already tabled a bid in excess of €1 billion, but only time will tell if he is afforded the opportunity to make his mark at the San Siro.