Monza, owned by Silvio Berlusconi and with Adriano Galliani pulling the strings in the transfer market, recently celebrated promotion to Serie A.
The Lombardy team have managed to climb from Serie C to the Italian top flight in just four years. They won’t stop there, either, and they couldn’t be aiming higher this summer.
“We have never played in Serie A… but we want the Champions League and the Scudetto,” said a euphoric Berlusconi after achieving promotion to Serie A.
Berlusconi has invested in the club, signing Mario Balotelli, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Gaston Ramirez, Gabriel Paletta, and other players with the hope of guiding the club to Serie A. Balotelli and Prince are no longer there, but Monza are in the top flight.
This summer, Monza have already brought in household names in Italy such as Alessio Cragno, Andrea Ranocchia, Andrea Carboni, and Stefano Sensi, but they won’t stop there.
They want to make a huge statement signing, and have three stars on their radar.
Gianluca Di Marzio has informed Sky Sports that Monza are plotting the signings of Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala.
Galliani is thought to have already opened discussions for the Paris Saint-Germain forward through agent Wanda Nara, and although his contract runs until 2024 he’s not seen as an important player at the Parc des Princes.
The impossible dream: Dybala
Icardi‘s salary might rule out a return to Northern Italy, having most notably played for Inter, though also repenting Sampdoria in Serie A.
“It would be a great opportunity to have him at Monza,” Berlusconi said to Mediaset of Icardi.
“Imagine what a story it would be if he scored against Inter. Maybe… I have faith in Galliani.”
And his compatriot Dybala, who is a free agent after his Juventus contract ended, is Monza‘s “impossible dream,” according to Di Marzio.
Although Inter are apparently leading the race to sign Dybala, Galliani is said to have spoken to his agents.
Lastly, Andrea Belotti, whose Torino contract has also come to an end, is reportedly a target for Monza, according to Corriere dello Sport.
It’s clear that Berlusconi means business this summer and won’t settle for survival in Serie A next season.