Milan are currently scanning the European and South American market looking for new starlets to join their ranks. Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen is arguably one of the most talented youngsters around and the Rossoneri have reportedly joined the queue for the Danish attacking midfielder.
With the probable return of Italy ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the helm of the club, Milan could enjoy a boost in their transfer market budget. Indeed Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani and sporting director Ariedo Braida could use most of that budget to beat the competition of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Barcelona in the race for Eriksen although Ajax’s demands are set as high 30M Euros.
Inter, which are also following Eriksen, could make a sensational move for Mario Balotelli, who has been on Milan’s radar for long. The Manchester City striker revealed that he would fancy a move back to Inter and both Claudio Ranieri and President Massimo Moratti claimed SuperMario would be more than welcome in Appiano Gentile.
Meanwhile, the Nerazzurri are undecided whether to get rid of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar allowing Emiliano Viviano to become their new No. 1. The Italian ‘keeper is currently recovering from a knee injury but should be back with the team come January.
The former Brescia and Bologna shot-stopper is co-owned by the Nerazzuri and Genoa, but it won’t be easy for sporting director Marco Branca to negotiate with Rossoblu President Enrico Preziosi. Regarding Julio Cesar, who has been disappointing over the past year and has also had to deal with several injuries, a return to his home country Brazil the day he leaves Inter seems probable.
Quality ‘keepers are not missing at Inter considering that 19-year-old Francesco Bardi, on loan at Livorno, has been impressive so far this season and earned his first Italy Under-21 cap last week. Bardi is highly rated by the Nerazzurri directors but will probably spend a couple more seasons on loan before returning to Appiano Gentile.
Goalkeepers are not a priority though, so Claudio Ranieri is looking for new names in midfield. Juraj Kucka will join them from Genoa in January but he may not be the only one moving from Marassi to San Siro. Sampdoria captain Angelo Palombo would certainly have the right experience and quality to strengthen the Nerazzurri squad but he may be unwilling to leave his beloved club in the second division.
Fiorentina have also checked on Palombo’s availability in recent weeks and may be willing to exchange his services with Adem Ljajic. The former Partizan Belgrade youngster is concerned following the departure of Sinisa Mihajlovic. Under Delio Rossi is playing time could be limited and for Ljajic this could be a good reason to move elsewhere on loan.
Sampdoria, on the other hand, would certainly welcome the arrival of a potential star but would be looking for a co-ownership deal while they will do their best to keep Palombo in order not to anger their fans further. But at the moment their transfers are in stall as they are looking to hire a new manager following the axe of Gianluca Atzori. The Blucerchiati are going through a bad spell and approached both Roberto Donadoni and Beppe Iachini for the job.