AC Milan seem to be pushing hard to try and make Alvaro Morata their new centre-forward, but he could also play other roles too.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reported this morning that Morata has sent clear and strong messages to Milan in recent days through his agent Juanma Lopez, who made contact with the management of the club to let it be known his client wants to join.
The Spaniard would apparently be willing to cut down his salary from €6.5m net per season to €5m net in order to join, with Milan hoping an offer of around €12m would be enough to convince Atletico.
What about the role he would play? It seems obvious to suggest he would be a No.9 given that is his natural position and also the role that Milan need the most help. He is a modern striker thanks to his movement, hold-up play and even playmaking ability.
However, a secondary role is possible. Moving Ante Rebic from the left wing to false 9 role was something tried by Pioli, and with Morata the opposite could happen as he could play wider like how Origi has been used at times.
In case of emergency, the ‘double 9’ could be tried too. Pioli has already done it in the past with Ibrahimovic and Giroud playing together to try and combat teams who pack the area with a low block.
For Morata it would be déjà-vu: in 2018 he and Giroud played up front together at Sarri’s Chelsea a handful of times, albeit without a goal.
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