The influx of new money following Bee Taechaubol's recent investment in the club appears to have ended AC Milan's much vaunted youth policy which was first proposed following Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva's departures in 2010.
However, the truth is that the project was never really given a chance by either Adriano Galliani or a succession of coaches who consistently preferred to rely on fading big-names.
The irony now is that although Milan have returned to their former ways of spending money on established stars , in new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic they actually have a tactician with a decent record of giving young players a chance. Of course giving youngsters first team opportunities in the provinces where there is less pressure is not the same as putting your job on the line by giving them a playing time at a club of Milan's stature.
However, pre-season has been encouraging in terms of Mihajlovic's selections with several potential stars afforded opportunities to highlight their ability ahead of the new season.
Here are five of the most promising young players at the club who could feature for the Rossoneri this season.
Jose Mauri (Midfielder, 19)
Despite his tender years the Argentine born midfielder is no Serie A novice having made his league debut for Parma during the 2013/14 season. Indeed he became a central figure for the Ducali last term, making 33 appearances as Roberto Donadoni’s side unsuccessfully battled relegation and bankruptcy.
Despite that ordeal, Mauri actually left Emilia-Romagna with his reputation enhanced and arrives in Milan on a free transfer after his contract with Parma was dissolved following their liquidation. That lack of pressure afforded to the 19-year-old by the absence of a fee could certainly work in his favour, especially when competition for one of the three midfield breaths in Mihajlovic’s set up is likely to be fierce. Indeed, he will certainly not come under the same kind of scrutiny as fellow new arrival Andrea Bertolacci.
With his game based around energy, vigor and defensive grit, Mauri could serve as an understudy to either Bertolacci or Nigel De Jong with the Italian youth international having previously been compared to compatriot Javier Mascherano, although the youngster has an offensive side to his game which is lacking in the Barcelona star.