AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor IDecember 23, 2013

AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

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    Panic mode has set in for AC Milan after yet another domestic loss, which has put them only five points above the relegation zone.

    Inter defeated the Rossoneri 1-0 in the Derby della Madonnina over the weekend, and Milan are desperate for a fresh start in the new calendar year.

    The good news is that Keisuke Honda and Adil Rami are confirmed as January transfer window arrivals.

    Even better news is the fact Silvio Berlusconi is keen on making this squad competitive again.

    Don't be surprised if we see a few more additions. 

    Last Updated: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

    Happy Holidays!

No More Room for Matri

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    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Keisuke Honda's arrival will make Milan switch to a 4-3-2-1 formation, with the Japanese playmaker and Kaka slotting behind Mario Balotelli.

    Since Giampaolo Pazzini is healthy again, Alessandro Matri is essentially the third choice striker for one spot in the lineup, and it wouldn't be surprising if this flop already parted ways with Milan in the January transfer window.

Clarence Seedorf New Developments

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    According to La Gazzetta, Adriano Galliani has traveled to Brazil to meet with Clarence Seedorf, who is tipped to be one of the coaching candidates to take over for Massimiliano Allegri next Summer.

    The other candidate is Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli, who certainly has a lot more experience and is one of the most beloved figures on the peninsula.

Saponara Proved Enough to Stay?

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    Has Riccardo Saponara proved enough to stay at Milan in the January transfer window?

    It was only over this past weekend that the youngster was given the start in the Derby della Madonnina, a game where he looked expectedly rusty but still showed a few signs of the skill that had Milan drooling over the former Empoli trequartista.

    There are widespread voices around Italy that Saponara will be loaned out to a smaller Serie A club where he can get consistent minutes.

    Remember, it was Adriano Galliani who said over the Summer that Milan was actually switching their formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-3-1-2 because of Saponara's arrival.

Danilo D'Ambrosio

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    In perhaps the most legitimate report regarding a potential Milan signing, Tuttosport (via Football Italia) have linked Torino full-back Danilo D'Ambrosio with the Rossoneri.

    D'Ambrosio wasn't called up to the starting XI over the weekend, which is yet another signal of his imminent departure from Turin.

    The 25-year-old full-back has impressed plenty in the past two seasons, gaining him some attention from some of Italy's best clubs.

    He would fill a void at full-back as Milan have been forced to play with the likes of Kevin Constant and Urby Emanuelson.