Milan Announce More Signings
AC Milan are signalling their intent to dominate world football in a few years, having announced yet more young signings from overseas. These two players hail from the South American country of Colombia, and the Asian country of Iran. Neither of these players is very well-known in Italy, so it will be interesting to see how they cope at the San Siro.
The cheaper signing is Manuel Mejia, from Pasto in the Colombian top division. The 20-year-old joined the club last year, which is old for a player signing a professional contract. He has made 2 appearances for his club this season so far, however the central midfielder is yet to score. He has, however, managed to attract the attention of Silvio Broli, one of Milan’s scouts. Milan have signed him up on a deal until 2018, worth just £475 per week. Matthaus and his staff expect him to shine at the San Siro, given time.
The second signing made by AC Milan is one that has completely shocked the football world. Gholam Reza Talebi, from Saipa in Iran is the least well-known of any of the ten signings Matthaus has made for Milan so far, yet is the most accomplished of them all. Talebi, who is a defensive midfielder, has already played twice for Iran’s senior national team, which is a great achievement for someone who is only 19, and has only made 18 league appearances in his career. He made his international debut against Germany in November 2013, meaning he is obviously valued by Iran boss Carlos Queiroz. Milan fans, now they know who he is, are excited about the prospect of seeing how he develops at the San Siro.
The amount paid for each player is undisclosed, but is rumoured to be around £875k for Mejia, and £1.3m for Gholam Reza Talebi. This takes the list of players purchased by Matthaus in his career at Milan to 10, and in his total career to 28 players at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, and AC Milan.