How Milan will play and how it can change again after the first market moves

Paulo Fonseca is the new coach of Milan. Two days ago he introduced himself with great ambitions. “I want to thank everyone for how I was welcomed and the club for their trust and work. I am very motivated, excited and confident to do a great job here. I know I am arriving at a club that wants to win, I have been to the Museum and I have seen the history of Milan. I have great ambition, I want to be part of this history. Ibrahimovic also showed me the space for new trophies and I want to be part of this history. I am ready to start on this path, I can’t wait to start working”, said the Portuguese coach. With which formation?

Two starters are missing
What is certain is that (at least) two starters are missing. A right back, but Emerson Royal from Tottenham seems to be on the way, and the centre forward. And then? In the middle of the defence there are non-sellable players, above all Malick Thiaw. There is a midfield where the spectre of a huge Arab offer for Rafael Leao is always hanging around but above all where another signing could arrive. Could Ismael Bennacer leave? Will another player arrive in the middle of the pitch (and then could one of the four currently considered starters-reserves leave)? The big doubt is, clearly, one. The striker, as mentioned. That’s what awaits Fonseca. That’s what the fans await. “The market is long, there’s time”, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Exactly. In the meantime Joshua Zirkzee has already faded away…

The probable formation
Maignan (Sportiello); ? (Calabria), Tomori (Kalulu), Thiaw (Cage), Theo Hernandez (Jimenez); Reijnders (Musah), Bennacer (Adli); Pulisic (Chukwueze), Loftus-Cheek (?), Leao (Okafor); ? (Jović)

Outgoing: Simic, Pellegrino, Florenzi, Pobega, Maldini, Saelemaekers, Colombo