GdS: ‘Double nine for Milan’ – Lukaku and Abraham could arrive instead of Zirkzee

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are now thinking of signing two strikers this summer instead of just Joshua Zirkzee, a report claims, and both of them played at AS Roma last season.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Milan management are doing some calculations and have realised that Romelu Lukaku and Tammy Abraham together will cost as much as Joshua Zirkzee in transfer fees.

The Belgian and the Englishman are currently traveling on parallel paths in the race to become Milan’s next striker, but that doesn’t mean that the two paths won’t end up crossing and flowing in the same direction.

Transfer fees

The puzzle begins from Zirkzee, because the commissions demanded by his agent raise the cost of the operation to €55m from the €40m which is his release clause. Lukaku, who returned to Chelsea after a season on loan at Roma, also has a similar clause (€43m), but other formulas are sought.

The intention of Geoffrey Moncada and co. is to try for a permanent deal around €25-30m or wait for the last part of the mercato to try open up a loan possibility. In the meantime, candidates like Abraham have come into play, a centre-forward that Paulo Fonseca likes.

Abraham – also formerly of Chelsea – has a contract until 2026 and can leave the capital this summer. The Giallorossi paid €40m for him and want €30m to sell, but his residual cost on the balance sheet is around €16m, so he could go for €20-25m.

Salaries

What would break the balance in the event of signing two No.9s, if anything, would be the salaries. Investing in Zirkzee, with whom there is an agreement for a salary of €4m+ net per year, would allow Milan to contain costs and continue to build within their parameters.

Going for Lukaku or Abraham (or both) would increase the costs, because the former Inter striker earns €7.5m net per season plus bonuses, while for the Englishman is on €5m plus €1m bonuses.

In both cases they would reach the top of the ranking of the highest paid in the Rossoneri squad, currently led by Leao at €6.5m, and there would be the risk of upsetting the balance especially with important renewal talks to come.

Co-existence

In addition to the numbers, logically there are the technical evaluations too. Milan has returned to greatness with two strikers in their 30s – first Zlatan Ibrahimovic, then Olivier Giroud – and finds itself at a crossroads.

Is it better to focus on a young player like Zirkzee (23 years old) or on two experienced 9s like the 31-year-old Lukaku and the almost-27-year-old Abraham (returning from a long-term knee injury)?

Ibra himself recently dictated the line: “Next year’s team will be even younger and Fonseca is the right coach to work with young people.” Goals, however, are the currency where age cannot matter.

Tags AC Milan Romelu Lukaku Tammy Abraham

11 Comments

  1. Why not throw in Broja again and go for three less than useless former Chelsea rejects. Add them to the joke in midfield and the USMNT wonder boy. Do the scouts not watch footage of performances of these players ?

    1. Because Broja can’t even score 3 goals per season. Even Maldini & Colombo score more and they’re actually already in the team.

  2. Lukaku who misses more than a blind guy at darts, costs a lot, has high salary and is hated by majority of fandom. If the only attribute is physicality we can go for Jon Jones – that’s a real beast.
    But hopefully this is just media speculation and our management isn’t so stupid.

  3. Lets wait until the Netherlands are knocked out of Euro 24, before speculating on these fantastical and unworkable solutions…

  4. Abraham has nothing to offer Milan. I think Lukaku will bring goals experience and leadership but a bit too expensive with those figures. And Milan don’t really need 2 more strikers after Jovic. Who exactly is asking for 2 new strikers? Just wasting resources and inviting to have players unsatisfied with playing time

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