Di Marzio: Milan trying to agree €15m operation for Sevilla forward quickly

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have been on the verge of signing three strikers in the last 48 hours, with the latest being Sevilla’s Rafa Mir.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Milan went for Patson Daka of Leicester City but since he was a non-EU player, difficulties arose with the documentation deadlines. The Rossoneri therefore moved to find a solution, and they are pushing to sign Mir.

The player’s approval has arrived, and he is ready to leave as soon as the two clubs agree the final details. They are working on the basis of a loan with option to buy, with the operation costing around €15m in total.

The Rossoneri are doing everything to get the player to leave as soon as possible in the direction of Milan. Compared to the one for Daka, the operation that would bring Rafa Mir to San Siro is easier given that he is an EU player.

Mir came through the youth academies of Barcelona and Valencia and he has played for Wolverhampton, Huesca, Nottingham Forest and Sevilla.

Since 2021, the Spaniard has amassed 61 appearances and scored 17 goals for Sevilla.

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  1. I would love to see Moncada why he suggests that Mir is a good attacking alternative (even if Giroud should be an alternative). All stats seem to be pretty bad.

    1. I dunno but it seems his pressing is good as per his tackles and interceptions being one of the best for forwards in Europe top 5 leagues. He’s good at ball control and doesnt get dispossessed easily. The rest of his stats are meh

      1. Or he plays only the last 30 minutes after his team is leading and he has just to defend. I’m more impressed with an attacker who can score or at least make some good passes, not with an attacker who can make 2 tackles per game.

        1. Yea that could be it too. I haven’t seen the player tbh, I don’t even recall if or how played in Europa. Maybe I’ll check that game out. His passing is atrocious btw according to Fbref, one of the worst percentile-wise I’m almost all categories. But I guess trust in Moncada lol

  2. $15 million? Seems a bit overpriced. He’s not bad, but he’s nothing special. He was promising at like 20, but hasn’t really developed further. I low-key hope it doesn’t get done in time.

    1. Let’s be honest they can set the option at whatever number they want, we ain’t redeeming.

      This is just a bandaid solution for the short term. He’s not great but I don’t mind it as a rotation/sub option for a year.

  3. The key metric for Mir on fbref, the npxG+xAG /90′ = 0.58 for this last season with Sevilla, which is not bad, and is much better than Origi’s 0.29 last season with Milan, Patson Daka’s = .0.48 (in EPL with Leicester last season).

    Plus he rates high with interceptions, clearances, and aerials won.

    However, he rates low on things like progressive passes and dribbling, and passing percentage. And he had exactly zero assists in his two years with Sevilla.

    Seems to be a classic target forward that doesn’t move around or drop back to pick up the ball.

    1. That’s what I gathered too. Passing is terrible though (see my above comment to Mihai). If just judging solely from that stats then yea I’d concur he’s in the same mould as Giroud.

    1. This is true. When you look at our reinforcements we could have spent better. We didn’t need musah, and we didn’t need all 3 of chuk puli and oka. Imagine having that 40-50m we could have saved plus the 15m were spending here. That’s 55-65m towards a striker (vlahovic).. would have transformed the team and allowed us to truly make a run in serie a and cl

      1. Ha – inconvenient facts. All of a sudden management sucks again because Teremi’s extended family wanted a cut of the transfer.

  4. If Okafor cant play CF in Pioli system why waste money on him at all? Salamakers could have been the LW back up + Pulisic can play LW too if needed. Add the 14mil from Okafor to the 15mil that Milan is offering for a striker now and you have a great budget for a good striker. They could have easily bought Scamaca with that budget and had a player who can do it all. From holding the ball to headers to fast runs, perfect for Pioli style.
    PS. This guy looks like poor man Scamaca. Similar player just worse in everything, plus older. And looking at his record, its not better than Origi’s.

  5. This is what I wanted to avoid – a knee-jerk reaction signing…. Doesn’t make any sense. Yea, it’s only a loan so the upside is there. But at this rate, just Origi.

  6. Of all the names mentioned, Mir is the one who is most suited to Italian football. My brother is huge fans of Real Madrid and La Liga, i watch Sevilla match a lot, Mir is tall good with his head and can hold up or protecting the ball nicely,to me perfect deputy for Giroud. SO shut up for all of you who saying we should keep Colombo or Origi.

  7. The management have gotten players they wanted for almost all key positions. The late move for Taremi caused this problem. But, that’s bcos they wanted him as deputy to Giroud. They still pushed harder to get the deal done, but Taremi’s representatives didn’t bulge. Daka would have been a good alternative, but, the time was too short to get him. The management is not convinced by Colombo or Origi. Personally, I’m not either. Mir is coming on loan, and it’s up to him to fight for the front spot. If he doesn’t do well, we can send him back next year. If the management feel the need to get a better striker, they can still do that in January.

  8. Better to stick with what we have, stacking up on deadwood isn’t ideal. Don’t see him as a better alternative than origi. Use the time between now and January to find a proper alternative

  9. A primavera 15 year old is better than this guy. Let’s hope he doesn’t even need to play at all and it’s only one more free rider on the squad.

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