Athletic: Arsenal won’t rival Milan for Zirkzee signature this summer

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan will not have to fend off interest from Premier League side Arsenal for Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee this summer. 

As reported by The Athletic (via Milan News), the Gunners are not planning to make a move for the Dutchman which further boosts Milan’s hopes of getting their deal over the line soon.

Milan have looked the most likely to sign the 23-year-old in recent weeks but rumoured interest from Arsenal and Manchester United caused concern given the general pull of the Premier League and the wages that those clubs would be able to offer.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of strikers but it is not actually certain that they will sign a new number nine, perhaps choosing to stick with Gabriel Jesus and other makeshift forwards.

They had been chasing Sporting CP’s Viktor Gyokeres but that went cold whilst they were trying to sign Benjamin Sesko, but his new contract with RB Leipzig has poured cold water on that move.

The options are running out for a lot of clubs that need a striker, which further exhibits why Milan need to get their deal for Zirkzee over the line as soon as possible, especially with the €40m release clause.

Tags AC Milan Arsenal Joshua Zirkzee


  1. Heard Milan are offering 8 million maximum to Kia for commissions. I dunno… seems a bit high to me still, but might be worth it. This agent is dirt.

    1. If the ManUtd rumor turns out to be a duck too that mofo-Kia will be in a dilemma: Accept the Milan offer or get 0€ as Z would stay in Bologna. 🙂

      1. Don’t think Man Utd are going to be spending big right now. The entire premier league is under a microscope. Man City is under investigation.

      2. Yea but if this drags on, Milan will move on. Can’t wait for Zee all summer. Need to get a forward in to train with the team. Otherwise you end up in another Chukwueze situation.

        1. Who works for who? Has Zirkzee “hired” his agent or is Zirkzee the agent’s lil b*tch? Common sense says Zirkzee should be the one calling the shots so… 😉

  2. This had got “his agent trying to pretend there’s more interest to make Milan pay his commission fee” written all over it.

    1. Yep. Call his bluff. I don’t think any offers will come before the end of the month, then he’ll have to take whatever Milan offer or risk getting nothing, because Bologna will want more than €40 million and he’ll end up staying.

  3. Arsenal main target are sesko & gyokeres. Their alternative are Dusan vlahovic. If arsenal choose Dusan then juve will buy zirkzee reuniting him with motta . I hope arsenal just buy gyokeres

  4. The more I look into it the more this guy really looks like a second striker/attacking midfielder… From the data I see, he hasn’t scored via header since 19/20 season?? For someone his height how can he be so bad in the air?

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