AC Milan 2023/24 season preview: Transfers, expectations and early fixtures

AC Milan have certainly been the busiest of the big sides in the transfer window this summer and that is why there is a great weight of expectation on Stefano Pioli's side ahead of the 2023/24 Serie A season.

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AC Milan could be the team that has the most pressure on them coming into the 2023/24 Serie A campaign, for two clear reasons.

The first is that they had such a disappointing title defence in 2022/23, labelled by many as the worst Serie A title defence ever, and the second is that they have been incredibly busy in the transfer market.

Whilst they did still manage to secure Champions League qualification and a run to the semi-finals of the Champions League, last season featured some incredibly poor performances and a couple of awful runs of form that left a lot of fans thinking that it was the end for Stefano Pioli.

AC Milan signings and sales

Noah Okafor on the wing for AC Milan. [@acmilan]

No less than eight players have come through the door at Casa Milan over the summer, and six of those have had a transfer fee spent on them. Not only that, at the time of writing, they likely aren’t done yet.

Marco Sportiello and Luka Romero came in for free, whilst Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah, Noah Okafor, Samuel Chukwueze and Tijjani Reijnders have all arrived for a combined fee of roughly €109 million.

Those signings have of course been largely funded by the sale of Sandro Tonali to Newcastle United in the Premier League. His €64m departure early in the window kickstarted Milan‘s spending, and fans have been quick to move on from Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara who were dismissed from their roles at the start of the window.

AC Milan season expectations

Stefano Pioli during a game. (Photo: AC Milan)

Having spent that much money on players who, the majority of whom, are expected to immediately improve the first team, expectations are very high for Milan.

There is no clear favourite to win the title this season as things stand, so that means that it is up for grabs. Stefano Pioli will almost certainly find himself out of the door if Milan are not in the fight for the title right up until the end.

Inter are struggling to complete their final bits of transfer business, Juventus‘ squad is far from settled, Napoli have lost Luciano Spalletti and Kim Min-jae, Lazio have lost Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and AS Roma are struggling in the transfer market.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Milan to win another title and do it with a very young squad that could gel together for many years to come.

AC Milan first six Serie A matches

One fear for Pioli and the Milan fans is that the new players do not gel quickly, as they do not have the easiest fixtures to start the 2023/24 season. They’re away at both Inter and Roma early on, whilst also getting the season underway at the Stadio Renato dall’Ara against Bologna.

DateFixture
August 21 (19:45 BST/20:45 CEST)Bologna vs AC Milan
August 26 (19:45 BST/20:45 CEST)AC Milan vs Torino
September 1 (19:45 BST/20:45 CEST)AS Roma vs AC Milan
September 16 (17:00 BST/18:00 CEST)AC Milan vs Inter
September 24 (kick-off TBC)AC Milan vs Verona
September 27 (kick-off TBC)Cagliari vs AC Milan

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