On September 28, 2018, the Fininvest holding company, headed by former Milanese President Silvio Berlusconi, announced its acquisition of Monza.
Adriano Galliani, born in Monza and former president of AC Milan, had also joined the board.
The Berlusconi-Galliani duo are one of the most successful in football history, having won a total of 29 trophies with the Rossoneri between 1986 and 2016. According to the 2021
ranking , Berlusconi was the richest owner of a football club in Italy and the ninth in the world, its fortune being valued at 7.6 billion dollars.
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An interesting base
In the space of four years, Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani took AC Monza from the Italian third division to promotion to Serie A, acquired a few months ago after their victory against Pisa in the play-offs, thus ending a streak of 40 Serie B seasons without ever being promoted to the first division, most of any Italian club.
The Lombards had already come close to their goal the previous year but had fallen against Perugia in the play-offs.
Dany Mota, leading architect of the Image Sport / Panoramic climb
In their armada at the origin of the rise, several players form an interesting base of construction.
Young Brazilian defender Carlos Augusto (23), bought from Corinthians in 2020, impresses in Italy after two solid seasons with Monza where he was nominated in the 11 of the season in 2021.
But the star of this team is undoubtedly Dany Mota (23), a former Portugal international hopeful, who was the versatile element of the Monza attack.
In point or on one side, his qualities as a dribbler (+500 successful dribbles last season in Serie B) and his speed have made him one of the players causing the most faults and yellow cards in his championship.
The so-called "CR7 of Chivari", scored 11 goals in 28 games last year and caught the eye of Fiorentina, Atalanta and Roma in the winter transfer window.
Golden targets for Monza
Mario Balotelli or Kevin Prince Boateng, Monza has already made headlines in recent years for its ability to attract big names.
In recent days, the Italian press has mentioned discussions with the agents of Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala.
The newly promoted side have been one of the most active sides in the Italian transfer market so far.
According to information from journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the president of Monza, Adriano Galliani, has been in contact with Wanda Nara, agent of the PSG striker, to express his desire to repatriate Icardi to the Biancorossi.
The club would like to loan the Argentine striker in the final days of the transfer market, assuming he hasn't found a base.
Adriano Galliani, manager of Monza Imago / Panoramic
Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani also dream of signing Paulo Dybala, still without a club since the end of his contract with Juventus.
The Monza president spoke to the Argentine striker's former agent Jorge Antun to clarify that the newly-promoted side are keen on a move.
Last offensive target: Italian international Andrea Belotti, who announced his departure from Torino after seven seasons in Piedmont, is looking for a new club.
Currently without a counter, the "Gallo" is one of the proteges of Galliani and Berlusconi who already coveted him during their Milan period.
First flagship recruits
The Lombard club did not drag on the summer market with the arrival of several major reinforcements.
If the names are not as golden as the previous ones, they are nonetheless judicious, which is more for a promoted in Serie A.
The Galliani-Berlusconi duo have already validated the transfers of Stefano Sensi (Inter) in the form of a loan, Italian international midfielder Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), experienced defender Andrea Ranocchia (Inter), the young defensive nugget Andrea Carboni (Cagliari) but also the goalkeeper Alessio Cragno (Cagliari).
Players who already have extensive experience in Serie A with summons to Nazionale in addition.
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