Hakim Ziyech remains AC Milan’s first choice target to reinforce the attacking department this summer, according to a report.
According to Calciomercato.com, the player has been picked out as he is able to play behind the striker or as the right winger in a 4-2-3-1 system, and he a profile that Maldini and Massara would like to give to Pioli. The problem is mainly of an economic nature though, as they want to sign Hakan Calhanoglu’s replacement on loan with option to buy but so far have not had favourable responses.
Milan have tried for Nikola Vlasic, who pushes to wear the Rossoneri shirt, but it clashes with the will of CSKA Moscow to only sell him outright or on loan with an obligation to buy. This is more or less the same position as Chelsea, who paid €40m plus €4m bonuses to sign Ziyech, meaning he will not be sold on favourable terms.
Milan have excellent relations with the Blues after the signings of Tomori and Giroud, and from mid-August they will return to exploring a deal for Ziyech. Maldini and Massara are eyeing a Brahim-style formula – a paid loan with an option to buy and a buy-back, at figures exceeding €25m.