This summer’s transfer window has been a busy one already, especially in the historic footballing city of Milan.
AC and Inter have been two giants across Europe for years but both have experienced a fall from grace in the last few campaigns.
Fans have been protesting, players failing to deliver and the result is no European football in Milan for the first time in 60 years.
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Both clubs needed to act quickly in the transfer market to reverse this negative trend and so far both clubs have made several astute signings.
Inter in particular have taken some pretty big steps in improving their underperforming squad. The best signing of the bunch being midfield enforcer Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The former AS Monaco man was wanted by a host of clubs across Europe but Inter secured a vital signing to reinvent their weak midfield.
Joao Miranda was brought in from Atletico Madrid to help Inter's leaky defence and while the Brazilian may not be at the peak of his powers he still has a lot to offer a club like Inter.
Colombian youth prospect Jeison Murillo was also brought in from Granada to add further reinforcements to Roberto Mancini's defence.
The red side
The red side of Milan have also been active in the market, Italian international Andrea Bertolacci was brought in from Roma after impressing on loan at Genoa the past few seasons.
The Italian international recorded nine assists in Serie A last season, more than any Milan player as Genoa had one of their finest campaigns in recent memory.
Luiz Adriano and Carlos Bacca have both been recruited to solve Milan's lack of goals and the South American duo certainly have the stats too prove that they may just solve the issue.
Adriano recorded nine Champions League goals last campaign despite Shakhtar Donetsk only reaching the last 16 of the tournament.
Bacca is proven class at the highest level and has been one of the most consistent goal scorers in La Liga the past two seasons. Only Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann have more than the prolific Colombian in that time.
Time will tell
Time will only tell whether these signings will prove their worth in Milan, many players struggle to adjust to the style of play in Italy and the hostility of Italian fans. Wasn't it Ian Rush who said it was like playing in a foreign country?
However what is promising for both clubs is that they are showing the ambition that they needed in what is a competitive transfer market.
The future looks brighter than perhaps it one did and maybe, just maybe, these two former giants of the game are taking crucial steps to getting to back to the top.
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