Former star urges Milan to sign striker from rivals Inter; hits out at treatment of Piatek and Boban

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan striker Marco Simone has urged the Rossoneri to go out and sign Mauro Icardi from rivals Inter this summer. 

It was claimed by il Corriere dello Sport on Sunday that Milan could once again go back in for Icardi having discussed a possible deal last summer.

The report claimed that Rossoneri would have to play on the fact that both Icardi and his wife Wanda Nara want to return to Italy, and that his apparent €100m valuation can be lowered, with the forward unlikely to join PSG permanently once his loan expires.

Now, Marco Simone – who won four Scudetti and two Champions Leagues with Milan during his time at San Siro – has offered some advice on what his former side should do in the forward department.

“I would keep Leao. He has strength and talent. Otherwise, if you always look at the flaws in those who have talent, you have to start from scratch all the time,” Simone, who , told La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Goal).

“I wouldn’t have given up on Piatek. If Ibra leaves, Milan would be short a striker. I think Milik would do well, but I would try to bring Cavani and Icardi to Milan.

“Mauro would be a great signing and an ideal situation.”

Simone was then asked about the sacking of chief football officer Zvonimir Boban, who was dismissed after publicly speaking out regarding CEO Ivan Gazidis making an approach to bring Ralf Rangnick to Milan.

“It’s an immense loss,” Simone said. “It was too superficial and trivial to fire him because of a controversial interview. I think they used it as an excuse, it was already planned.

“When you choose two characters like Boban and Maldini, you know at the start the weight they have.

“They know how Milan are managed. Those who chose them had to continue with them together. They were the first two important pieces in starting again.

“I have some doubts that such a figure [Rangnick as coach and sporting director] can work in Italy. And then his role in practice would eliminate that of Maldini. The club must clarify the managerial structure.

“If Gazidis intends to have it as it is abroad, then the relationship with Paolo should be finished and maybe Rangnick could work.”

Tags AC Milan Arkadiusz Milik Edinson Cavani Krzysztof Piatek Marco Simone Mauro Icardi Rafael Leao