Donadoni: AC Milan & Inter spending will make Serie A great again

The 51-year-old is excited by the arrival of big names in Italy once again and insists the San Siro giants must return to challenging for silverware

Roberto Donadoni is convinced AC Milan and Inter’s big spending this summer can help restore Serie A to its former glory, although he maintains both sides must show the results to justify their expenditure.

The pair of fallen giants have spent heavily in a bid to reinforce their squads and return to challenging Juventus for the Scudetto following a season of disappointment in which both failed to qualify for Europe.

And Donadoni believes that the arrivals of the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Miranda, Stevan Jovetic, Luiz Adriano and Carlos Bacca in Italy has raised the awareness and profile of the league.

“Italian teams are spending big on the transfer market again,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “And while this may surprise some people, it’s a good thing.

“I hope this can raise the quality, because buying players of a high level raises the average quality of the championship, which had gone down a little in recent times.”

Nevertheless, the ex-Parma boss, whose side were relegated to Serie D after being declared bankrupt last season, has warned of the dangers of going overboard with spending.

“Some of the prices seemed excessive to me. Milan signing Alessio Romagnoli for €30m is one example. Inter changed a lot and their expectations have gone up alongside their expenses.

“Juventus have managed to sign players of a high level without spending disproportionate amounts of money.”

Milan have benefitted from new Thai shareholder Bee Taechaubol’s investment in the club this summer, while San Siro neighbours Inter are bankrolled by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir.

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