Who has joined the Rosoneri as AC Milan new signings this transfer window? We've got you covered in the below article as we take a look at all the major ins and outs from this summer window.
AC Milan have been one of the most active clubs in the summer 2023 transfer window with a host of new arrivals and departures, making this summer feel like a significant step towards a new vision.
The 2021/22 Italian champions slipped to 4th in Serie A last season. However, there was an impressive run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, the first time they’d made the last four in the competition since their last title in 2007.
However, a 3-0 aggregate defeat to city rivals Inter was a disappointing way to conclude their latest European campaign. It was clear that fans would be seeing a very different Milan side come August, which has certainly been the case.
Below are the confirmed AC Milan ins and outs from the summer 2023 transfer window.
- 1 AC Milan new signings: Summer 2023 arrivals
- 2 AC Milan’s transfer departures
- 2.1 Sandro Tonali (Newcastle)
- 2.2 Ante Rebić (Besiktas)
- 2.3 Ciprian Tătărușanu (Abha)
- 2.4 Charles De Ketelaere (Atalanta – Loan)
- 2.5 Júnior Messias (Genoa – Loan)
- 2.6 Alexis Saelemaekers (Bologna – Loan)
- 2.7 Divock Origi (Nottingham Forest – Loan)
- 2.8 Fodé Balo-Touré (Fulham – Loan)
- 2.9 Marco Nasti (Bari – Loan)
- 2.10 Daniel Maldini (Empoli – Loan)
- 2.11 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Retired)
AC Milan new signings: Summer 2023 arrivals
Yunus Musah (Valencia)
United States international Yunus Musah was a wanted man this summer, with AC managing to fend off competition to secure his signature.
Musah is an exciting midfielder who has the ability to play anywhere behind the striker. His performances for the US at last year's World Cup helped put him on the map for those who were unaware of his quality.
At just 20 years old, Musah has unlimited potential and has already played at the highest level in both club and international football. For a fee of just €20m paid to Valencia, Milan have got themselves a gem for years to come.
Luka Jović (Fiorentina)
A name many will remember for his failed big move to Real Madrid, Luka Jović finds himself with another opportunity to revive his career, this time with AC Milan.
The Serbian forward burst onto the scene with his performances for Eintracht Frankfurt where he helped them reach the Europa League semi-final in 2018-19, losing narrowly to eventual winners Chelsea. Jović ended that season with 27 goals, earning €60 m to Real Madrid.
After just 35 games in Madrid, Jović then had a disappointing loan spell back at Frankfurt before joining Fiorentina on a free transfer last summer. On the expiry of his 1 year deal with Fiorentina, AC Milan were quick to snap up the 25 year old on for nothing.
With the departures seen at AC in this transfer window, striker reinforcements were needed, and Jović is a risk free move that works for both parties. Let’s hope he can regain some of the form that saw him as one of the most exciting prospects in European football.
Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal)
Arguably Milan’s most exciting piece of summer business so far, the Nigerian international was unplayable at times last season in La Liga, with a stunning individual display in a 3-2 triumph at Real Madrid in April the undoubted highlight.
Indeed, there was even talk that Chukwueze may end up moving to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, so this feels like a genuine coup for the 2022 Italian champions who have paid an initial €20m to get their man.
Predominantly a right winger, Chukwueze contributed 6 goals and 5 assists for the Yellow Submarine last term and at 24 years old, still has plenty of time to further develop his game.
Tijjani Reijnders (AZ Alkmaar)
One of Milan’s other most intriguing additions is that of Tijjani Reijnders. The 24 year old midfielder shone brightly for AZ in Europe last term and he heads to the San Siro on a five year contract as part of a €19m deal.
It has been a fairly meteoric rise for Reijnders, who was struggling to hold down a regular place in the AZ eleven prior to last season. However he has really excelled over the past twelve months and was rewarded with a first Netherlands call-up for the Nations League Finals in June.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
AC Milan have also added USA international Christian Pulisic for a similar fee. It has been a largely frustrating four years in London for the former Borussia Dortmund man. Pulisic made 19 Premier League starts in his first season at Stamford Bridge, chipping in with a respectable 9 goals and 4 assists, but his influence has gradually decreased with time.
Still only 24, Pulisic will be hoping a switch to Northern Italy is just what he needs to revitalise his career. The deal is for four years which will take him past the 2026 World Cup when Pulisic is expected to spearhead the US challenge on home soil.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s bloated squad was always going to need some trimming this summer and Milan have been happy to help with that process by also snapping up Ruben Loftus-Cheek from the Premier League club.
The 27-year-old midfielder is another who has struggled for regular game-time at Stamford Bridge in recent years. He makes the same move to that of compatriot Fikayo Tomori who joined Milan from Chelsea in 2021 and Loftus-Cheek will be eyeing up a regular starting role for his new club.
Noah Okafor (RB Salzburg)
AC Milan are clearly hoping to add greater goal threat and quality to their attacking play this season with Noah Okafor another new addition.
The 23 year old scored three times in the UEFA Champions League last season for RB Salzburg but failed to reach double figures during his time in the Austrian Bundesliga with nine his best tally during the 2021/22 season.
Best known for his pace, Okafor is capable of operating anywhere across the front three.
Luka Romero (Lazio)
After two seasons and limited involvement at Lazio, Luka Romero moved to Milan on a free transfer this summer and has already made an impression in pre-season.
Still only 18, Romero has plenty of time to develop and improve his game but he hasn’t quite hit the heights many expected when he became the youngest ever LaLiga player as a 15 year old for Mallorca in 2020.
Marco Pellegrino (Platense)
Another young prospect has been added to the ranks, this time with the signing of 21 year Marco Pellegrino. The Argentine defender has penned a 5 year deal with Milan for a fee of just €3.5m.
The amount of playing time the young centre half will get this season is certainly questionable, but the club clearly see potential in Pellegrino so don’t be surprised to see him in and around the first team picture this season.
Marco Sportiello (Atalanta)
A self-declared Milanista, Marco Sportiello joins his boyhood club having spent the bulk of his career in nearby Bergamo with Atalanta. He made 14 starts in Serie A last season but has predominantly been a back-up goalkeeper in recent years and that’s likely to be his role in Milan too.
AC Milan’s transfer departures
Sandro Tonali (Newcastle)
AC Milan’s summer spending spree has largely been funded by one sale. They banked around €64m for midfielder Sandro Tonali who was a key figure in their run to the Champions League Semi-Finals as well as their Serie A triumph in the season before.
Losing one of the brightest young prospects in Italian football to the deep pockets of Newcastle United will come as a blow for Milan fans but Pioli will be hoping that the ability to reinvest that money will make them a stronger team overall.
Many fans were shocked at this move, with Tonali seen as an untouchable player and one that would remain at AC for life, but the financial issues at play, home grown talent Tonali now heads to the Premier League.
Ante Rebić (Besiktas)
Croatia forward Rebić leaves the San Siro on a free transfer after making over 100 appearances for Milan in a four year spell. Turkish giants Besiktas now have a high quality player on their books, who still has plenty of years left of his prime.
A rather unfortunate ending to Rebić’s stay in Milan, with his old Frankfurt striker partner Jović coming through the door as he exits.
Ciprian Tătărușanu (Abha)
Long term number two goalkeeperCiprian Tătărușanu has also left Milan this summer, with the Romanian keeper adding to the growing list of players moving to the Saudi League this summer.
Tătărușanu is not joining one of the big four teams in Saudi though, having signed with Abha Club who will be battling to compete with the likes of Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr.
After a long spell on the bench, the 37 year old keeper now gets one more first team opportunity before he hangs up his boots.
Charles De Ketelaere (Atalanta – Loan)
After a big money move from Belgian side Club Brugge, Charles De Ketelaere finds himself on the loan list after a disappointing first season.
However, Milan are not giving up on the 21 year old just yet, this loan move to Atalanta will provide the Belgian forward some guaranteed first team football with the club still backing the player to come good for them in time.
Fans have been quick to rule off the talents of the young man, but patience is needed with a player of this quality. Let’s hope he shines for Atalanta this season and returns to Milan a stronger player.
Júnior Messias (Genoa – Loan)
32 year old Brazilian midfielder Júnior Messias has had a fantastic footballing career in the lower tiers of Italian football. Which is why his move to AC at almost 30 years old was seen as a great story of modern day footballers never being too old to reach the top.
His appearances have been sporadic during his time at the San Siro, but he has popped up with some important performances, including his winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Messias now joins Genoa on loan for the upcoming season, with AC looking to lower the average age of their squad.
Alexis Saelemaekers (Bologna – Loan)
Another Belgian is heading out on loan, with a similar disappointment surrounding the progress of this player during his time at AC Milan.
24 year old Alexis Saelemaekers joined AC back in 2020 from Anderlecht with lots of hype over his potential. Fans will agree that the Belgian has certainly not been a failure, but in his 100+ appearances in Milans red and black jersey, it is hard to pick out many clear positives.
At his age, Saelemaekers needs to kick on, and a chance to be a big fish in a smaller pond could give him the confidence he needs. Bologna is a club that will give him every opportunity to flourish.
Divock Origi (Nottingham Forest – Loan)
Divock Origi wasn't quite done with the Premier League just yet, as he sets off for a season on loan at Nottingham Forest.
The ex-Liverpool man was in the first team plans for AC’s upcoming season, but some late transfer window drama saw Forest come in late and persuade Milan to let the Belgian forward leave immediately.
Origi was never a guaranteed starter at the San Siro, but will surely be higher up the pecking order at Forest, who were still keen to add a goalscorer to their side to ease the burden on Taiwo Awoniyi.
Fodé Balo-Touré (Fulham – Loan)
Fulham have secured depth at the back with a late loan move for Senegalese defender Fodé Balo-Touré.
Now 26, Balo-Touré joined Milan from Monaco in the summer of 2021 and has since gone on to play just 26 times for the Italian side.
A move to the Premier League with the possibility of more regular football was too good to turn down for the player, who may seek a permanent move away from the San Siro next summer.
Marco Nasti (Bari – Loan)
Teenage forward Marco Nasti scored 5 goals last season on loan at Cosenza. He’s back in Serie B this term, hoping for a better return in what will be a stronger Bari side that is likely to be gunning for promotion.
Still only 19, the future is still very bright for the young Italian striker who will be one to look out for in the next year or two, with Milan always keen to incorporate youth where possible.
Daniel Maldini (Empoli – Loan)
Son of the legendary Milan and Italy defender Paolo Maldini, Daniel is hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps by ultimately making it into the Milan first-team ranks.
His development will continue on loan at Empoli where he’ll be hoping for more game time after making just 2 starts for Spezia last term.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Retired)
We cannot end this list anywhere other than with this true icon.
At 41, the curtain has finally fallen on the glittering career of one of the most iconic footballers of the past two decades.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hanging up his boots after a frustrating final season in Milan which saw the Swedish striker make just one Serie A start as he recovered from an ACL injury.
A signal that a changing of the guard is well under way at the San Siro, with their king leaving the throne, will any of the new recruits help this giant club reach great heights once again?