What is the Milan plan?

Selling two key players is arguably the first step toward a smarter future

Updated: July 16, 2012, 3:12 PM ET
By Gabriele Marcotti | ESPN

You knew it was going to be a rude awakening. And it probably should have come sooner and more gradually, because we've all known about it for several years. But sometimes, you just have to go cold turkey.

Milan's imminent sale of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris St. Germain is probably the first major side effect of UEFA's Financial Fair Play plan. Coupled with the departures of Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel, Alessandro Nesta ...

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