The signing of one centre-forward may not be enough for Ralf Rangnick who will look to deploy a fearsome attacking duo.
That is according to Calciomercato.com, who claim that Milan are ready for yet another change in tactical identity after the 3-5-2 of Montella, the 4-3-3 of Gattuso and the 4-2-3-1 of Pioli.
Rangnick will focus on gegenpressing, aggression, verticality and speed – something which requires the rebuilding of the forward department.
At Schalke 04 – in addition to the wingers Farfan and Draxler – the 61-year-old head coach used Raul and Huntelaar up front, while at RB Leipzig he deployed a pairing of Werner and Poulsen.
Ante Rebic will be one of the cornerstones of the ‘new Milan’ as he has characteristics that will make Rangnick ‘comfortable’, and Hakan Calhanoglu has showed that from a more central area he can get into dangerous positions, but he is unlikely to be used as a support striker.
Rafael Leao is an interesting profile and the Portuguese starlet will be evaluated by the German coach. Luka Jovic is the favourite in terms of a signing, with contacts already established between the parties, but he will not be the only arrival up front in a department in which there are very few goalscorers.
Attention must be paid to opportunities like Mario Gotze, the report adds, and he could arrive to play as a support striker.