Milan start to reshape squad
Adriano Galliani has set his sights on further strengthening AC Milan after signing Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 12/05/11 12:59pm
Adriano Galliani has set his sights on further strengthening AC Milan after confirming the signings of Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri announced earlier this week that Mexes and Taiwo were set to join and Galliani has now verified that the deals have been finalised.
Centre-half Mexes will arrive from Roma at the end of the season after long being linked with a summer move, while left-back Taiwo has decided on a new challenge after six years with Marseille.
Having clinched the Serie A title already this season, managing director Galliani is delighted to have improved the squad by bolstering Allegri's defensive options.
But the club have ambitious plans for the future and Galliani is targeting more new recruits in a bid to become European champions.
"This time I will give you news," he told reporters. "I can tell you that Mexes and Taiwo's signings are official.
"They are our first signings in view of next season, which will be based on trying to reconquer the Champions League.
"I do not do names, but we'll definitely buy some more players, the squad will be further reinforced."
Seedorf seeks clarity
While Milan hope to bring in reinforcements when the transfer window reopens, the futures of several players out of contract in the summer will need to be discussed.
Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf, 35, is in such a situation and he has called on the club to make a decision quickly about whether to offer a new deal.
"It's not a matter of renewing or not renewing, the important thing is clarity," he explained.
"For this reason I think Milan will clear the situation with all players that are in my same situation. It's a matter of respect.
"A relationship with a club can come to an end, but it is necessary to be clear so it is possible to start thinking about the future.
"Time is an important thing for everyone.
"I've got a lot of proposals, but I don't use them against Milan."