Attention switches to Milan's summer strategy

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Claudio Villa/Getty ImagesMilan CEO, Adriano Galliani, left, and head coach Massimiliano Allegri will have a busy summer preparing the Rossoneri for the 2013-14 campaign.

With the managerial confusion finally resolved, attention has swiftly been switched toward the transfer market, and specifically how Massimiliano Allegri can improve the current Milan squad.

Having been confirmed as the coach for next season on Sunday, the club hierarchy wasted little time in moving forward as Allegri met with Adriano Galliani on Monday to discuss both preseason preparations and the transfer market.

Given that next season will begin particularly early for the Rossoneri as they bid to come through the qualifying rounds of the Champions League unscathed, it is imperative that planning begins now so as to decide who will be either arriving or departing Milanello.

Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy, Riccardo Montolivo, Ignazio Abate and Mattia De Sciglio will all have busy summers with their participation in the Azzurri's Confederations Cup adventure in Brazil.

It is hoped the international experience will benefit the less senior members of the Rossoneri contingent in particular, but it should also serve as an indication as to where Milan could continue to look this summer.

There is no secret that the club's desire is to promote from within, as they have hinted at remaining financially prudent in the market by searching for younger prospects that can help build a core to this squad for years to come.

Bryan Cristante is widely expected to play a more prominent role next year as he continues to impress in the Primavera, while Riccardo Saponara will showcase the ability that earned him a move to Milan in the under-21 European Championships in Israel which starts this week.

Nevertheless, following on from Silvio Berlusconi's comments on Tuesday, it would suggest that the club patron has aired his feelings with regards to certain tactical and player arrangements adopted by Allegri during the course of last season.

"The rapport with Allegri has always been very cordial, but we had different viewpoints on certain decisions to take with regards to some players," he told Teleroma 56.

While Berlusconi's meddling has long been criticised, perhaps the politician lent Allegri some words of wisdom over the positional inadequacies he demonstrated last year, specifically over the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng who will ideally be deployed as a midfielder next season.

However, there are still areas within the squad that must be strengthened, although decisions made thus far suggest there may be less activity than hoped for.

Daniele Bonera has already signed a contract extension, while Cristian Zapata has joined on a permanent basis from Villarreal. Does this suggest the end of the search for defensive alternatives?

Speculation continues to suggest Milan are targeting both Andrea Poli and Alessio Cerci. Are they the calibre of players the club should be identifying as capable of sustaining, and more importantly, improving the project?

Meanwhile, Santos continue to be linked with Robinho and Bojan will not re-join the squad next season, thus creating both space and financial freedom to invest elsewhere. It is vital Milan invest in quality rather than quantity, while not losing sight of the plan to reap the rewards of investment in the youth sector.

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