13 August 2019
No loan deals for the Rossoneri so far in this summer's transfer window
To date, AC Milan have made five signings this transfer window, with Theo Hernández, Rade Krunić, Rafael Leão, Ismaël Bennacer and Léo Duarte all joining the Club on permanent deals. The same is true for our two departees: Cutrone and Djaló. This means that we haven’t seen any loan deals for the Rossoneri this summer, a type of transfer which has been a big part of the Rossoneri’s dealings over the last two decades. The last summer transfer window where Milan were not involved in any loan deals was in 2009, a window in which Thiago Silva and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both arrived on permanent deals.
The era of loans began a few years earlier in the summer of 2004, as Hernan Crespo moved from Chelsea to Milan on a season-long loan with an option to buy. Four years later in the summer of 2008 defender Philippe Senderos also came to Milan on loan, arriving alongside Andriy Shevchenko in his return to the Club for one year. Zlatan Ibrahimović first donned the Rossoneri shirt in the summer of 2010, signing on a season-long loan with an option to buy clause included in his contract.
The summer of 2011 saw Alberto Aquilani arrive at Milan on loan, but the Club chose not to follow through with a permanent transfer at the end of the season. Other significant loan signings in recent years have been: Kevin Constant and Bojan Krkić in the summer of 2012; Matias Silvestre after a series of summer injuries in defence in August 2013; Pablo Armero and Marco van Ginkel in the closing stages of the 2014 summer window; Mario Balotelli as he returned to Milan from Liverpool in the final hours of the window in 2015; and then Mati Fernández and the young Croatian Mario Pašalić in the following year, the latter scoring the winning penalty in the Italian Super Cup Final in Doha.
The loan deal with an obligation as opposed to an option to buy appeared for the first time in the summer of 2017, with deals for Franck Kessie, Fabio Borini and Nikola Kalinić. Finally, the two most recent loans with an option to buy took place last year, as Tiémoué Bakayoko and Gonzalo Higuaín both signed for the Club for one season.
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