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Football Whispers
 By Ben Gladwell

Carlos Bacca left out of AC Milan's Europa League playoff squad

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini shares his thoughts on the club's summer of spending with ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti.
Fabio Borini credits Dortmund's attacking style and how AC Milan are hoping to build ahead of the Serie A campaign.

Carlos Bacca has been omitted from AC Milan's Europa League playoff squad in a move that increases the likelihood of the striker leaving the club.

Bacca, 30, has been marginalised by Milan coach Vincenzo Montella this summer and his two-year stay in Italy looks to be drawing to a close with Marseille and former club Sevilla both showing interest.

Despite scoring 13 goals in 32 Serie A games for the Rossoneri last season, the arrival of 10 new players and the anticipated signing of a new centre-forward mean he no longer has a future at the club for whom he has scored 34 times in 77 outings.

Milan face Shkendija over two legs for a place in the Europa League group stage with Andre Silva, Jose Sosa and Fabio Borini the three forwards Montella has named in his squad.

The 23-player list also includes both Leonardo Bonucci and Lucas Biglia, whose transfers were not completed in time for them to play in the last round.

Milan defeated Universitatea Craiova 3-0 on aggregate without two of their summer signings since the funds needed to finalise their transfers will only arrive this coming Friday.

Both could therefore make their official debuts a week on Thursday, when the Rossoneri travel to Macedonia and their contracts have been deposited with Serie A.

Milan's Europa League tie has forced their opening Serie A fixture at Crotone to be brought forward 24 hours from Monday Aug. 21 to Sunday Aug. 20.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.


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