Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Milan Swap

Those were the glory years for these two.
The swap has been talked about for a week now, and it is finially official as of this morning. At this point no Italian football fan seems to know why AC Milan had to pay €7 million + Antonio Cassano to Inter Milan for Giampaolo Pazzini. The former dynamic Sampdoria duo have had mixed results since leaving the Blucerchiati in the 2011 winter transfer window.
We know Cassano had the heart issue, so its hard to blame him, but his whole career he has been a player who comes with more hype than what he produces justifies. A talented player forsure, but one that has never lived up to expectations. With the departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, Cassano realized he did not want to be part of the rebuilding program at San Siro. He asked to transferred. Giampaolo Pazzini was destined to underachieve at Inter, despite his great form upon arrival at Inter (11 goals in 17 appearances) he was always going to play second fiddle to Diego Milito. Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni made it clear that Pazzini would not be in his plans this season, so he should look elsewhere for first team football.
Cassano wanted out, and Pazzini was being forced out; still the Rossoneri somehow had to pay extra on top of Cassano for Pazzini. It should be mentioned that although Cassano had his health issue last season he was still able to make the Euro 2012 Azzurri squad, this speaks to how highly regarded a talent he is. Pazzini however, had an injury free season but only found the back of the net 5 times in 33 appearances. Inter have seemingly come out of this deal on top, but it remains to be seen how they will use Cassano. One would have to assume at this point that Cassano will not be a part of the nerazzurri starting eleven. Milito is assured to be the lone striker while Coutinho, Sneijder, and Palacio are in support. In this type of a formation, Pazzini could have thrived, and would be a good replacement in my opinion if anything were to happen to Diego Milito. Pazzini with the Rossoneri though is a different story. He is a player with limited abilites who has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. With Milan counting on Pato to have a big season Pazzini will struggle to find playing time, and will struggle to find himself in the formation Milan uses. I can't see the future or anything, but I really don't see Pazzini working out with them. I have always liked the player, I am a big fan of 'poaching' strikers, but from the outside looking in, Pazzini does not fit in at the San Siro.

So what have we been talking about for the last week then? A deal of two strikers that probably have their best days behind them? The more I think about it, the more I find ways to think about why this doesn't make sense for either team. For Inter it makes sense financially, but I believe there will come a time when they will miss Giampaolo Pazzini at some point this year, especially if Milito gets hurt.
But for the life of me I can't understand what Milan is doing here, they are trying to nickel and dime for any player they seem to be interested in, and then throw away €7 million on a player they don't need. Milan are in need of defense more than anything. In their last two games they have given up 8 goals yet they continue to be on the search for attacking players. Pazzini will not help them, and if they get Kaka he will not solve their issues at the back end either. They have bodies in defense but they do not have much quality, this is where they should be spending what little money they have. I can understand that they wanted to get rid of Cassano as soon as he asked to be transferred but the added money is just baffling.
The only thing that makes would maybe make sense is that Inter needed the extra money as insurance for Cassano's health. Either way though, this deal will probably not make much effect to either team on the pitch this season, but it is just another reason for Milan fans to upset with their transfer season.


  1. I disagree. i think this is a good transfer for milan given the circumstances. Milan need a physical striker now that ibra is gone and pazzini provides something different given his poaching and aerial abilities although he is limited because he struggles without adequate service. Allegri can use a 4-3-1-2 with Pato plazing off Pazzos shoulder and el sharawaiii, prince or constant as the CAM. Thats what i would do. As a Milan afan i do realize thatwe are much weaker but im trying to stay optimistic and believe if the team stays healthy they can at least secure 3rd. I will feel a lot more comfirtabke if we can get a decent LB and a solid CB

  2. With Pato being injured .... again, Pazzini will be forced into the starting eleven, but Milan will have to alter the way they play in order to give him proper service, as it stands right now they don't play a style that is condusive for the 'poacher' type striker that Pazzini is. A strong left back would help that problem, one that is able to push forward to help the offense a provide crosses in from the wing.
    As far as Pato goes I don't view him as a support striker, if he can ever stay healthy I am not sure how well he would work with Pazzini.

  3. while i do think this was a good deal for milan, it doesnt solve any of their current problems.

    the plus of the deal for milan:

    they get rid of a 30 year old with two years left of a 5 mill deal and constant health and fitness issues
    and a player who plays a position they have 3 other younger guys who can do so.

    they get a younger striker who has a lot to prove after a dismissal season across town

    the negative of the deal;

    the only bad part of the deal for milan is the fact that they had to part with 7 million they have been saying they dont have.
    no one is sure on milans exact finances but they clearly dont have any disposable money and to part with any of it hurts their chances of any other incoming players being special.

    but it must be noted that when two italian teams make money agreements, the money is never necessarily guaranteed to actually be real.
    you see milan and inter share a stadium for many years which means they have had a business relationship with each other. because of this maybe inter owes milan money from a previous player deal or stadium upgrade and because of that, that is where we may get this 7 milllion number because weeks ago it was reported inter only wanted 5 for Pazzini, so how they ended up getting Cassano and 7 is strange, but so are the financial records of most serie a teams