Capello heaps praise on ‘modern’ Milan target Zirkzee: “I’m in love with him”

By Isak Möller -

Joshua Zirkzee has been heavily linked with AC Milan in the last few weeks and the negotiations appear to be at an advanced stage. As such, Fabio Capello shared his thoughts on the striker and only had good things to say. 

Milan are reportedly ready to trigger Zirkzee’s release clause of €40m, with talks currently ongoing to lower the commission request of the player’s agent. The player is keen on joining the club and it seems to be just a matter of time.

In an interview with SportWeek, as cited by MilanNews, Capello gave his awards for the 2023-24 season and named Zirkzee as the best striker. He only had good things to say about the Dutchman and it could be a match made in heaven for Milan.

“Apart from Lautaro, I’m in love with the Bologna centre-forward. I saw him at San Siro against Milan and I admired a complete player with great technical qualities, gifted with great imagination, capable of understanding the game, running a lot and imposing himself physically.

“He’s the modern player with a lot of quality. He has quick thinking and always chooses the play that can hurt the opponent the most. He has technical and tactical sensitivity,” he stated.

Although Milan are willing to pay the clause, the high commission request of around €15m must be lowered for the deal to happen, otherwise the Rossoneri will focus on other targets. The next few days should give us a better understanding of the situation.

Tags AC Milan Fabio Capello Joshua Zirkzee


  1. I don’t really care that he’s not a classic #9 they need to make this happen. Fonseca being able to choose from a roster including Zirk Okafor Pulisic Leao Chuk will be immense.

  2. The only problem I’ll have with Fonseca is not to allow these players express themselves as we have seen from there previous clubs. Study them.

    1. Van Basten is right. Some Milan fans and Italian pundits are overhyping Zirkzee. He has talent, but he is nowhere as good as needed for a center forward.

      1. Well that goal against Inter last season was wonderful ala the real no 9. And maybe a prolific goalscorer is not the first KPI when Milan tried to sign him. A player like Zirkzee can open lots of spaces for the likes of Leao, Pulisic, and even RLC.

        I can imagine those combinations can produce lots of goals alternately without one being too stand out.

        1. Other teams like MC, Arsenal, Bayern, Liverpool and Chelsea tried the kind of striker who opens a lot of space for the other attackers, and the results were not satisfying. A striker’s main ability is shooting, and Zirkzee leaves much to desire in that front. In any case, from an Inter fan’s point of view, seeing Milan deploy Zirkzee as a centre forward would be a good thing.

          1. You have nothing else going on in your life but to troll around, do oppo research, and comment on a rival website? Not jealous of your life

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