It has been a busy summer off the pitch for Milan, complete with a change of ownership and a series of high-profile arrivals.
And while the likes of Gonzalo Higuain will not take part in the weekend's clash, the Argentine will see how his new team fares against a side of Barcelona's calibre.
|Game||AC Milan vs Barcelona|
|Date||Saturday, August 4|
|Time||1:00am BST / 8:00pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US) the game will be shown live on television on ESPN Deportes and will be available to stream live online via WatchESPN.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Premier Sports and streamed on the Premier Player app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Premier Sports||Premier Player|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||A. Donnarumma, G. Donnarumma, Reina|
|Defenders||Abate, Antonelli, Bellodi, Calabria, Musacchio, Rodriguez, Romagnoli, Simic, Zapata|
|Midfielders||Bertolacci, Bonaventura, Brescianini, Calhanoglu, Halilovic, Kessie, Locatelli, Mauri, Torrasi|
|Forwards||Borini, Cutrone, Kalinic, André Silva, Suso, Tsadjout|
Milan start life without defender Leonardo Bonucci, who has now completed a move back to Juventus.
Former Juve pair Higuain and Mattia Caldara, meanwhile, will not play a part in Santa Clara, leaving the likes of Mateo Musacchio at the back and striker Suso with a point to prove as they look to cement a place in the Rossoneri's plans.
Potential Milan XI: Donnarumma; Abate, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Antonelli; Locatelli, Bonaventura, Calhanoglu, Mauri; Borini, Suso.
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Ezkiet|
|Defenders||Semedo, Digne, Vidal, Lenglet, Santos, Palencia, Cucurella, Mingueza, Cuenca, Miranda, Chumi|
|Midfielders||Suarez, Roberto, Gomes, Arthur Melo, Rafinha, Samper, Monchu, Collado, Puig, Tabla, Malcom|
|Forwards||Alcacer, El Haddadi, Ruiz, Perez|
Ernesto Valverde will need to experiment with his side with the majority of his players still on post-World Cup holiday, though new arrivals Arthur and Malcom should pick up further minutes after impressing so far with the Catalans.
Potential Barcelona XI: Cillessen, Semedo, Santos, Lenglet, Cucurella, Vidal, Gomes, Melo, Suarez, Malcom, Alcacer.
Betting & Match Odds
Barcelona are considered to be favourites to win the game, with dabblebet offering odds of 7/5 on the Blaugrana coming out on top. Milan are priced at 17/10 and a draw is available at 13/5.
It has certainly been an action-packed summer for everyone connected with AC Milan.
The Rossoneri have experienced a change in ownership already in pre-season, with hedge fund Elliott Management taking over the reins. That switch has coincided with increased activity in the transfer market, including a sensational triple deal struck with Juventus.
Bonucci's return to Turin has been compensated by the arrivals of Higuain and Caldara, while Pepe Reina has also arrived at San Siro in recent weeks. Pressure will be intense for coach Gennaro Gattuso, and he will need a strong start to the Serie A season to keep speculation over his job climbing to unbearable proportions.
Barcelona, meanwhile, will go into the 2018-19 Liga season with great hopes. Arthur, Malcom and Clement Lenglet have all joined Ernesto Valverde's side, while there is hope that Arturo Vidal will also sign before the end of the transfer window.
Those buys, plus the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo and possibly Luka Modric at Real Madrid, mean the Catalans start as overwhelming favourites to retain their Liga title. The club's starting XI is in little doubt, but with a host of top players still on leave Saturday will be another chance for the club's frindge men to make an impact.