No Tevez -- are Milan falling behind?

Posted by Sumeet Paul

With Carlos Tevez securing a move to Juventus this week, Milan vice president Adriano Galliani revealed his hands are tied in the transfer market until players first leave the club.

Claudio Villa/Getty ImagesMilan vice president Adriano Galliani, left, and manager Massimiliano Allegri aren't likely to move in the market until the roster is trimmed.

Based on this “sell before you buy” policy, was missing out on Tevez a blessing in disguise as the Rossoneri reportedly switch their attention to CSKA Moscow playmaker Keisuke Honda? Or is it leaving them behind their Serie A rivals in the summer transfer market?

Galliani has repeatedly said the squad is too big and that in turn is hindering his ability to bring in players ahead of next season.

While there have been attempts to reduce the squad, it has been a thankless task thus far, with arguably Mathieu Flamini the closest to a potential departure due to unsuccessful contract negotiations.

With numerous options both in midfield and in attack, it is in fact a sensible approach from Galliani. Judging from the Milan chief’s comments, he is emphasising the requirement of quality over quantity, stating that several must leave before a single player can arrive.

As commendable as that approach might be, there is a risk of primary transfer targets being snapped up by rivals in the meantime. While Tevez will now look ahead to having an impact in Turin, the rumour mill suggests that Angelo Ogbonna may join him.

While the Bianconeri continue to build a squad capable of dominating domestically and having the potential of conquering Europe, is this current Milan squad capable of doing the same?

At this stage, the answer is arguably no. However, given the resurgence in the second half of last season and the benefit of having Mario Balotelli available from the start of the campaign, there is a case to suggest little is required in terms of significantly strengthening the squad.

In addition, signing more prominent players could also have a negative impact on allowing the youth at the club to grow into the first team.

Galliani has previously confirmed that Bryan Cristante will form part of the senior squad next season, while the inclusion of Riccardo Saponara will undoubtedly be integral to the tactical switch in the trequartista role.

Nevertheless, there is certainly a danger of falling behind as Milan sit back and watch others strengthen. Granted there is ample time left in the market for that to change, but it remains to be seen whether the deadwood in the squad can be offloaded in the near future.

While the efforts to trim the squad seem to centre around those playing a role further up the field, the area which requires priority in the market is perhaps being neglected.

Manager Massimiliano Allegri is certainly not short of options where the front line and midfield are concerned, but does he have significant quality at the heart of his defence?

It remains to be seen whether Milan make strides in the transfer market, but it is clear that the wait for new faces will continue until some of the more familiar ones are ushered out of the exit door.

Are you worried by Milan’s relative inactivity this summer thus far? Disappointed to miss out on Tevez?

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