CM: Milan begin ‘objective deputy Giroud’ – Balogun, Ekitike and other names considered

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has stressed the need for a new centre-forward to give Olivier Giroud some help, and a number of names are being explored. write that Pioli stressed to Giorgio Furlani and Geoffrey Moncada that he needs another centre-forward in addition to a midfielder and a right winger, because another season with Olivier Giroud working overtime is not feasible.

It seems that it will not be Alvaro Morata because his salary and release clause are too high, while Gianluca Scamacca has made it clear he wants to join Roma and in any case West Ham United would need to open to a loan deal.

Therefore, Milan is evaluating other profiles such as Mehdi Taremi of Porto, but he is a non-EU player would therefore exclude Samuel Chukwueze who is the first choice target for the right wing, plus he costs €20m.

Emanuel Emegha of Sturm Graz and Noah Okafor of Red Bull Salzburg remain on the list as options as does Hugo Ekitike of PSG, with the trio seen as exciting options for the future.

Another name is back in fashion though: Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun. He had a positive loan experience at Stade de Reims in which he scored 22 goals, but the Gunners want €40m to sell him as a result.

Tags AC Milan Emanuel Emegha Folarin Balogun Gianluca Scamacca Hugo Ekitike Mehdi Taremi Noah Okafor


  1. I still can’t believe we let openda go to Leipzig, I mean he would’ve been very nice to have here and Leipzig got him for just 35M

    1. 38m not 35m.

      And that’s a big amount for one season wonder. I think the management will pursue him if his price is about 25-30m, and I still think that’s right decision.

      I think Taremi, Dia or Ekitike is the most probable ones.

      1. True it is still a lot. I’m surprised no one has talked about Elye Wahi tho, 25 goal contributions in 33 games with Montpellier at the age of 20? that’s quite impressive, would also fit into our system as he is decently tall while still fast and technically gifted

    1. Okafor is far better than what u think too fast higher dribbling efficient and can score goals even deadly in attack I prefer Noah Okafor is far better than the striker we are evaluating

  2. I really hope they can close Okafor and Chukwueze, thats two class signings. But as usual im expecting Taremi and Isaksen. Its not poor signings but not really “we are building a team for the champions league” material.

    1. The perfect striker is under our noses and that is BETO he would be ideal!! I don’t get why they are not going for it him.

      BETO with Leao and Theo on the left and Chukweza and Singo on the right would be a nightmare for seria a teams!!

  3. To me let’s sign Noah Okafor please Pioli try and sign one more attacking midfield if Acmilan is going to have a successful season I know what I’m saying because of injury at least we sign either kamanda or Lindstrom jesper

  4. For the love of god enough withy the Giro deputy BS. We are looking for a starter. Giro is a 3rd substitute at best. Trying to use him as a starter should be considered elder abuse.

  5. Come on guys let gives our home grow players the oppounitiy they need please. Just look at localetle he was not given the chance he needed. Now we`ve chaka traore. Insted of singing and buying why not give our players time and chance they need. Give cdk and abli a good playing time too to grow like world class.

  6. I wish Milan can Georges Mikautadze, Okafor and Chukwueze. With them we shall have the best attack in Serie A and we shall also compete in Europe. Sell cdk, use the money to buy Chukwueze. Okafor and Georges Mikautadze can play almost all roles upfront.

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