4 things AC Milan must do to be successful next season
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The 2017/18 season was a disappointing one for AC Milan, but there were signs that manager Gennaro Gattuso has got the team heading in the right direction.
Milan finished in sixth place, 31 points behind champions Juventus, and Gattuso still has a big job on his hands to get closer next term.
An eight-point gap to fourth placed Inter Milan looks far more surmountable, but it will require a few changes to be made if Champions League football is to become a reality.
Read on as we look at four things Milan must do to be successful next season.
Improve their midfield
Milan have been linked with numerous midfielders already this summer and Gattuso has admitted itís an area he is keen to strengthen.
Gattusoís side are priced at 16/1 to win next seasonís title, but check this out before wagering on the outcome.
Manchester Unitedís Marouane Fellaini has been heavily tipped to move to the San Siro, although whether it is worth splashing huge wages on a 30-year-old is hugely debatable.
Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) and Jordan Veretout (Fiorentina) are other players who have been linked with Milan, while Tanguy Ndombele could be another option after impressing on loan at Lyon last season.
Sort out the goalkeeping situation
Gianluigi Donnarumma has been touted as Italyís next big thing in the goalkeeping department, but the 19-year-old struggled at times for Milan last term.
However, he wasnít helped by some haphazard defending in front of him and that is something that Gattuso will also need to resolve.
Milan have secured the services of Pepe Reina on a free transfer from Napoli and his experience could prove invaluable alongside Donnarumma Ė providing the youngster decides to stay at the San Siro.
Tweak the formation
Milan played with a 4-3-3 formation last season and switching to a 4-2-3-1 system could help the teamís solidity.
Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has been linked with Milan and he would bring some much-needed dynamism to the teamís attacking play.
The Dutchman was Lyonís top scorer last season with 22 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions and his addition to the ranks would be a major boost.
Find someone to link-up with Calhanoglu
Hakan Calhanoglu is one of the best players to come out of Turkey in recent years, although he needs more help if Milan are to maximise his talents.
Patrick Cutrone scored 18 goals for Milan last season, but Gattuso desperately needs to add another proven striker to his squad to feed off Calhanoglu.
Milan are reportedly chasing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, with Monacoís Falcao an alternative option Ė either player would be a sensible signing for the club.
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