Milan look to be on the verge of signing Roma defender Philippe Mexes this summer as vice-president Adriano Galliani continues weaving his streak of shrewd acquisitions, getting top-class talent for a minimal amount of outlay.
The French international’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and the latest reports from the peninsula suggest that he has opted for a move to the San Siro, signing a four-year contract despite interest from other clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool.
It’s the kind of signing that will keep the Rossoneri in title contention, and with veteran Alessandro Nesta turning 35 this year and reportedly considering retirement, Mexes is a perfect fit to slot in alongside Thiago Silva in the centre of defence, particularly given he has no transfer fee attached to him.
Milan have excelled in quick and decisive action in the transfer market over the past 12 months, strengthening and rejuvenating a squad that was ageing and lacking in quality, having been left behind in the title challenge for several campaigns on the trot.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side still aren’t perfect, but they are title contenders, currently holding a five-point lead over city rivals Inter in the Scudetto race as a result of their incredibly effective activity off the pitch.
Juventus should take note, as these are the types of transactions they will need to make in order to build a side worthy of their history, rather than the disappointment that has plagued them over the last two seasons.
For example, Mexes may not have signed for the Turin giants because of the rivalry between Juventus and Roma, but Milan had already beaten the Bianconeri to one of their targets in Antonio Cassano and that represents yet another example of the failed transfer market swoops that have left Juventus lagging behind.