GdS: ‘How to catch Inter’ – the moves Milan are planning in the summer window

By Oliver Fisher -

The AC Milan management have a very precise goal in mind when it comes to the summer transfer window: improve the squad with a few targeted investments to close the gap to Inter.

As this morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) writes, Milan have conceded too many goals this season and one of the reasons that they have done so is because they lack a player to sit in front of the defence and offer balance in transitions, like Franck Kessie and Sandro Tonali did.

Regardless of the coach, a deeper-lying player is needed. Julen Lopetegui – who seems to be fading away as an idea – had the likes of Casemiro (Porto), Sergio Busquets (Spain) and Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) to help build a dam.

It could be Youssouf Fofana (Monaco) who arrives to fill that particular hole, and he would be supported by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tijjani Reijnders in a new-look three-man midfield if it were a 4-3-3.

In that system Theo Hernandez would of course be fine if he stays, but the squad needs a quality alternative with Juan Miranda of Real Betis mentioned. Davide Calabria has had disappointing season so there will be reflections on the right too.

With Simon Kjaer confirmed to be leaving, a new central defender will be needed too, and Lilian Brassier of Brest remains very much on the list.

Samuel Chukwueze – who will grow after an adaptation season – and Rafael Leao ensure quality on the flanks, but in the middle a new and more dynamic centre-forward is required to replace the departing Olivier Giroud.

The first choice is Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee, but the management are studying profiles such as Jonathan David (Lille), Viktor Gyokeres (Sporting CP) and Benjamin Sesko (RB Leipzig).

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    1. Can we buy frimpong? if Leverkusen keeps most of their players next season they’ll likely be the dark horse in the champions league. They have a better chance of going far even winning the competition because of Alonso not to say that richer clubs will be after him

    2. Onana would be a big boost. However, he will likely move to another EPL club. Frimpong seems to have defensive issues. He is better suited as a wing-back.

  1. This guy lopetegui wanted to get a 37 year old busquets that doesnt even play a full 90 for inter miami anymore??? Thank christ where not getting him obviously busquets is a fantastic player but how would that fix anything

  2. Pulisic is a good player with the potential to be great. His legs are there: accurate and strong with either foot. But is head not so much. When he’s confident and demanding the ball, he can be great; when he’s not, he disappears in the game. Watching the Juventus game, I’m struck both by how demanding their strikers were and how fluid their offense. Milan is not fluid in the attacking third. It’s more like every man for themselves. Often you see as many as six players in the box (strikers, midfielders, defenders), most from 8 yds and in; the penalty spot, for instance, is rarely covered. That in turn allows as many defenders to be drawn into the same area. Then Milan relies on a hopeful ball played in from the wing or a sequence of short, hopeful passes inside in a congested area. If they concentrated on getting the ball to Pulisic at the top of the box, like they do getting the ball to Leao on the wing, his skill would lead to many more goals.

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