The Italian club AC Milan have been struggling to replace players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato with quality signings. Over the last two transfer windows, the club has lost numerous experienced and quality players.

The AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi promised ahead of the transfer window that funds will be made available for the manager, as Milan look to get into the top three positions in the Italian league. It would provide them with Champions League football – and revenues of £ 30 million – next season. However, Milan have made just one signing the transfer window so far.

The arrival of Cristian Zaccardo from Parma has not been greeted with a lot of excitement from the AC Milan fans. Even though the club are currently in negotiations with the Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, the manager Allegri has stated that he is happy with the squad at his disposal. There have also been reports that Milan will be ready to discuss the sale of players like Mathieu Flamini, who has never been a first-team regular since arriving from Arsenal on a free transfer many years ago. Allegri has said that he is happy with the squad because the club knows the situation with the number of players.

"I am happy with the players that I have and I see them growing every day. A drought happens to all players and it shouldn't become an obsession. The club knows what I feel about the number of players in the squad and we'll see what happens at the end of the month. Abate played very well on Sunday and I was happy with that. Robinho is training well and Flamini is proof that over the course of a year, all players will get their chance," said Allegri ahead of the match with Atalanta.