AC Milan have changed their strategy regarding their pursuit of two potential free agent targets, according to a report.
Calciomercato.com writes how Milan are continuing to work on trying to sign Otavio on a free transfer, as he would like to leave Porto at the expiry of his contract in June to try a new experience in the Italian league. Roma are also interested in Roma as coach Paulo Fonseca who knows him well and appreciates his qualities.
Otavio wants to wear the Rossoneri shirt though, honoured by the interest of such an important club, and he has turned down two rich offers from clubs from the United Arab Emirates because he is waiting for Milan.
Directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are convinced that the characteristics of the former Internacional star are perfect for the job that Stefano Pioli asks of his wingers: speed with or without the ball, quality in dribbling and application even in the non-possession phase.
Not only that, but Otavio has surpassed Florian Thauvin in terms of preference to sign as there is a slight slowdown in the talks regarding the Frenchman even if the negotiation with his entourage has not completely failed. A pause for reflection both of a technical and economic nature, as Thauvin wants a salary of €3m.
Highly doubt that this holds up to the truth if anything otavio would be brought in as an CAM and thauvin would play either right wing or striker so i simly doesnt buy this premise of the article.
Terrible choice. Average player. Thauvin is miles better.
this has to be some joke
Otavio is mostly a CAM (at times LM) and considerably left gifted than Thauvin + has a bad temper, so yellow cards are a guarantee (see if that reminds us of another brazilian in our recent history)
not to mention that he is very inconsistent and quite often doesn’t get to see much of the second half if he’s a starter. He also failed his test against italian opposition the week before (albeit he started as a LM). And whenever he starts on the “wing” (he is not a winger but a midfielder) he cuts inside ever so often in a very Suso like fashion and we have both Theo and Rebic doing exactly that already.
If he comes, he comes as a sub for whoever will be our nr10 next season. My guess is that he is evaluated as an option to letting Diaz go (and would be a better option arguably so)
less gifted *
and if it’s Elliot’s worrying lack of financial commitment that brings in our new talent, then there are plenty of other Meites and Mandzukices on the market that we can go for and not expect any performance whatsoever
otherwise, we need to learn that in order to make money we need to spend money. Promising young talent costs money and proven talent even more so. I do hope that we get sold to some new Berlusconi
Octavio was poor vs Juventus in the UCL. I saw his other games at Porto because we were linked. Not too impressed. I don’t know what the fuss is about. Thauvin on the other hand reminds me of Chiesa (who we should have signed to take care for the RW) who is ready for that leap in quality in a big team
Yeah, I’ll prefer Thauvin as RW upgrade…
While Thauvin obviously offers a goal threat from RW (which complements Rebic and/or Leao from the other side) I see Otavio as a free replacement incase we can’t reloan Brahim. He’s not amazing but could cover AM RLC so perfect backup for a lot of positions.
While we’d love to be a billionaire club again, in the short term it’s hard to criticise Elliot who have overseen some investment and it looks like we’ll be back in the UCL next season.
Smart spending on backup players via Frees/loans will give us some actual money to make the odd signature signing. So even though I don’t rate Otavio as outstanding, I am very positive about his signing (on a free with not-too-high wages)