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Between transfer fees and salaries the 22 players on the field are valued around €270 million - but the Rossoneri's squad was built with less expenditure than the Bianconeri's

ANALYSIS
By Sergio Chesi | Deputy Editor, Goal.com Italia

Thiago Silva versus Giorgio Chiellini, Mark van Bommel against Andrea Pirlo, the face off between coaches Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte ... but that is not the only way to measure the teams. AC Milan against Juventus will also judge the distance between CEO Adriano Galliani and sporting director Giuseppe Marotta - the men who built the respective sides competing for the Scudetto following two very different strategies.

Firstly there is Galliani, the master of his profession in Italy, the prime example of how a great club can be personified by the moves of a sole management figure. Experienced and streetwise, his career has seen him deal with a variety of conditions - he knew when he had to spend to bring in champions, but now that resources are more scarce, he specialises in turning silver into gold.

Then there is the Bianconeri's Marotta. His first year at the club was spent acquiring players that previous coach Luigi Del Neri wanted to fit into his 4-4-2 formation, but it brought marginal success. Despite the initial bumps in the road, he has brought in eight of the 11 starters competing for this year's Scudetto.

With just one day to go before the San Siro challenge, we pitted Galliani against Marotta, focusing the spotlight on the numbers behind Milan and Juventus. How much did it cost to build these teams fighting for the Scudetto? And what is the annual expenditure required to keep these successful players happy?

Here is the analysis, comparing each team in the mirror, both their overall best XI (based on the preferences shown by the coaches this season if everyone was available), and also those likely to take to the pitch on Saturday.

THE COST OF MILAN & JUVENTUS - TRANSFER FEES
MILAN (Preferred XI)
JUVENTUS (Preferred XI)

PLAYER TRANSFER FEE PLAYER TRANSFER FEE
Abbiati
€0.75m
Buffon
€54.2m
Abate
€2.8m
Barzagli
€0.3m
Nesta
€30.5m
Bonucci
€15.5m
Thiago Silva
€10m
Chiellini
€7.3m
Antonini
€3.5m
Lichtsteiner
€10m
Aquilani
Loan
Vidal
€10.5m
Van Bommel
€0m
Pirlo
€0m
Nocerino
€1m
Marchisio
Youth product
Boateng
€10.5m
Pepe
€10.1m
Pato
€22m
Matri
€18m
Ibrahimovic
€24m
Vucinic
€15m
TOTAL
105.05m
TOTAL
140.9m
* Data from Transfermarkt

Juventus' ideal formation has cost more than Milan's. A surprising fact, considering the Turin giants' roster is not particularly remarkable by any stretch of the imagination and the Rossoneri are the current title holders. However, one must consider their need to rebuild following Calciopoli, which required significant investment from the Agnelli family.

What is also evident is the current state of Italian sides in the transfer market. More than €50 million was spent in 2001 on goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon by the Old Lady, and €30m dispensed by the Rossoneri a year later to bring in Alessandro Nesta. The most recent expensive purchases, €24m for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and €18m for Alessandro Matri, show how the financial landscape has changed.

MILAN XI vs Juventus
JUVENTUS XI vs Milan

PLAYER TRANSFER FEE
PLAYER TRANSFER FEE
Abbiati
€0.75m
Buffon
€54.2m
Abate
€2.8m
Barzagli
€0.3m
Mexes
€0m
Bonucci
€15.5m
Thiago Silva
€10m
Chiellini
€7.3m
Antonini
€3.5m Lichtsteiner
€10m
Nocerino
€1m
Vidal
€10.5m
Van Bommel
€0m
Pirlo
€0m
Emanuelson
€1.7m
Marchisio
Youth product
Boateng
€10.5m Pepe
€10.1m
Robinho
€18m
Matri
€18m
Pato
€22m
Vucinic
€15m
TOTAL
70.25m
TOTAL
140.9m
* Data from Transfermarkt

Comparing the likely starting XI's for the match this weekend, the difference in 'cost' between Juventus and AC Milan further increases. If the sides above are confirmed for the encounter, the visiting starters will have required an investment twice that of Allegri's XI.

This is due to Galliani's low-cost approach, finding valuable assets scattered around the country and continent at ridiculously low prices: Christian Abbiati, Ignazio Abate, Philippe Mexes, Luca Antonini, Antonio Nocerino, Van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson arrived at different times but, combined, cost less than what Juventus paid for Simone Pepe alone.

WHAT MILAN & JUVENTUS ARE PAID - YEARLY SALARY
MILAN (Preferred XI) JUVENTUS (Preferred XI)
PLAYER SALARY
PLAYER SALARY
Abbiati
€2m
Buffon
€6m
Abate
€2m
Barzagli
€1.2m
Nesta
€2.5m
Bonucci
€2m
Thiago Silva
€4m
Chiellini
€3.5m
Antonini
€1.5m
Lichtsteiner
€2m
Aquilani
€2m
Vidal
€3m
Van Bommel
€3.5m
Pirlo
€3.5m
Nocerino
€1.5m
Marchisio
€2.5m
Boateng
€2.5m
Pepe
€1.2m
Pato
€4m
Matri
€1.6m
Ibrahimovic
€9m
Vucinic
€3m
TOTAL
34.5m
TOTAL
29.2m
* Data from Gazzetta dello Sport, net salary

In the transfer market, the cloth is always going to be cut a bit short. If you save in one area, you'll have to stretch in another and Galliani knows this better than most. The less you spend on transfer fees, the more you may have to shell out in wages for top talent.

As a result, Milan have a higher payroll in both comparisons. The main factor shifting the balance is Ibrahimovic's €9m a year deal, reportedly making him the top earner in Serie A.

MILAN XI vs Juventus
JUVENTUS XI vs Milan

PLAYER SALARY
PLAYER SALARY
Abbiati
€2m
Buffon
€6m
Abate
€2m
Barzagli
€1.2m
Mexes
€4m
Bonucci
€2m
Thiago Silva
€4m
Chiellini
€3.5m
Antonini
€1.5m
Lichtsteiner
€2m
Nocerino
€1.5m
Vidal
€3m
Van Bommel
€3.5m
Pirlo
€3.5m
Emanuelson
€2m
Marchisio
€2.5m
Boateng
€2.5m
Pepe
€1.2m
Robinho
€4m
Matri
€1.6m
Pato
€4m
Vucinic
€3m
TOTAL
31m
TOTAL
29.2m
* Data from Gazzetta dello Sport, net salary

However, even without Ibrahimovic's impressive salary that many of us could only dream of having, Milan still spend more than Juventus in this statistic. The bottom line, once again, is that a small transfer fee leads to a higher salary. Philippe Mexes, who arrived at the end of last season from Roma on a free, will pocket €4m in his first season, Van Bommel arrived from Bayern in similar circumstances and certainly cannot complain about his pay cheque either.

The gap with Juventus in this regard, at least on Saturday evening, will not be substantial. The €6m earned by Buffon keeps the visitors within touching distance, but the remaining 10 Bianconeri effectively earn below the average salary of Milan's line-up.

At San Siro on Saturday night, both sets of players will fight for Scudetto supremacy. But come 22.40CET, will it be Galliani or Marotta who feels financially justified?

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