CM: Pioli tells Furlani and Moncada the two roles he needs strengthening above all

By Oliver Fisher -

The AC Milan players and staff got back together at Milanello last night and it was a chance for Stefano Pioli to take stock of ongoing negotiations with the directors. speaks of a ‘revolutionary air’ that was felt at Milanello yesterday at the beginning of preseason, with Pioli now enjoying more responsibility and influence in the choices made when it comes to the transfer window.

During his talks with Giorgio Furlani, Geoffrey Moncada and the new sporting director Antonio D’Ottavio, Pioli made clear what the priorities are for the squad in his eyes, with the aim being to ‘partially overturn’ a team that struggled domestically last season.

Pioli highlighted the need for another central midfielder given how light the Rossoneri are on numbers there after Ismael Bennacer’s injury plus the exits of Sandro Tonali, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Aster Vranckx.

The main target remains Tijjani Reijnders of AZ Alkmaar but new talks are also expected for Yunus Musah of Valencia too, with the aim being to pair Ruben Loftus-Cheek with a quality midfield partner.

Then, the Milan head coach stressed the need for another centre-forward to work alongside Olivier Giroud. Mehdi Taremi is a name to watch but he is non-EU, while Gianluca Scamacca were mentioned too. Alternative tracks remain open.

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    1. If he plans a switch to 433, Pulisic would be his starting right wing as of now so that would make more sense given what has been rumored about a change in formation. Also there’s the new boy Romero, CDK and Salaemakers that could play there in the current squad. Not ideal, but there exists possibilities if cover is needed.

      If we suffer an injury to Giroud or to one of the central midfielders, things look much worse much more quickly.

      Of course the ideal outcome is strengthening all 3 positions, which has been the stated plan since the beginning of the mercato.

      1. Singing two cripples isn’t going to help in that regard. RLC and Pulisick especially can’t be trusted to stay fit. I’m convinced Pulisick was only signed for the US tour.

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