Future looking bleak for AC Milan

After a mediocre start, including the sacking of two interim coaches, AC Milan seems to have found some semblance of balance with its newest coach Sinisa Mihaljovic. A first leg win in the Coppa Italian Semi Final against Seria B side Alessandria, and contentions for sixth place in the league table means that both club owners and players are satisfied with giving up on hopes of securing the much coveted third place spot for next season's UEFA Champions League.

The lack of attaining new prospects furthers this point, as AC Milan has already done away with stars such as Stephen El Shawaray, Riccardo Saponara, and Matteo Darmian.

After seeing Mario Balotelli relegated to the injury list most of the opening season, and Alessio Cerci being loaned to Genoa FC, the team seems hellbent on maintaining its mediocre status. AC Milan Chairman and media Mogul Silvio Berlusconi's daughter, Barbara, has eluded to the fact that the Europa League and the Italian Cup are the best options for the club.

Barbara stated recently on the club's official website "We have to be honest with the fans, our target is the Europa League."

This is a shivering revelation considering the team conquered Europe only a few years ago, defeating Liverpool for their seventh European title in 2007. However, the glory days of the rossoneri seem to be just a faded memory in the minds of the fans, as club legends like Paolo Maldini and Andrea Pirlo are no longer around to carry the team to the heights of European glory.

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With this stark decision not to purchase any new players for the remainder of the season, the once ordained titans of global Football are now destined to live on past successes. Unlike clubs in other leagues, chieflyLuis Enrique’s Barcelona, Milan hasn't picked up any of the world's most promising young talent (such as when they optioned the rights to a young KaKa back in 2002).

Cross town rivals Inter Milan have already bolstered their squad with the acquisition of Italian international forward Eder from Sampdoria, and Napoli procuring the acquisition rights to rising star Alberto Grassi, leaving the San Siro club devoid of any new blood in their ranks.

Now, with only a few hours away from the closing of the transfer window, can AC Milan really afford to spend six more months hoping for a Mario Balotelli revival? Head coach Mihaljovic stated this week: "Balotelli is still not match fit for this week's upcoming derby match with arch rivals Inter Milan," intensifying the tumultuous time the young striker has had since his loan spell from Liverpool.

The San Siro giants did make one move in the transfer market, with the return of their prodigal son Kevin Prince Boateng, who after a less than joyous couple of seasons at Shalke 04, has become a shell of the footballer who lifted the Italian Championship just a few years ago. All these internal problems fall on the back of a dismal 2-2 draw with mid section Empoli, which proved the club needs a quick injection of high quality players, and since management hasn't drawn out a comprehensive plan to execute decisive acquisitions, the problems can only worsen as other squads in the league grow stronger over the duration of the transfer market.

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