GdS: Signing No.8 imminent as Milan agree €18-20m deal – how Pioli will use Musah

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are set to seal their eighth signing of the summer transfer window with Yunus Musah expected to arrive next week, a report claims.

Today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) writes how Milan are operating in a different time zone to the rest of Serie A, and not just because they are over on the west side of the USA.

While the rest of their rivals struggle to get deals over the line, Milan are about to announce their eighth summer signing as Musah is one step away from becoming a Rossoneri player.

Milan and Valencia have come very close in the last 48 hours and the handshake is imminent. A verbal agreement has been found, now it’s a matter of agreeing on the last details and proceeding with sending the offer, the approval and then the signatures after the exchanging documents.

The cost will be close to €20m and it is possible that Milan will close the operation at €18m plus bonuses. Giorgio Furlani and Geoffrey Moncada have decided to focus on another young talent after Tijjani Reijnders, Noah Okafor and Samuel Chukwueze.

With the arrival of the USA international, Milan will go past €100m in guaranteed spending and with the bonuses it reaches around €130m. The mathematical exercise is simple: by subtracting the €70m received by Newcastle for Tonali, we arrive at an important investment and now some sales are needed.

For Pioli, Musah is seen as a mezzala in a 4-3-3 or as one of the double pivot in a 4-2-3-1. His best quality, if it is necessary to choose one, is dribbling forward with the ball thanks to his strength and acceleration.

In the defensive phase, however, he can be very useful for recovering balls, intercepting, reading plays and allowing Milan to run in transition.

The field will tell all but the list of signings is very interesting: Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Reijnders, Okafor, Chukwueze and now Musah, plus Sportiello and Romero taken on a free. Enough to make Milan the most curious laboratory in Italy and beyond.

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  1. At this point I am confused, are we building a team or investing in players?
    Too many new players makes for a very challenging task of moulding a team.
    Musah has talent but is clearly a Mezzala.

    We have RLC, T.R, Bennacer, Adli, Pobega and even CDK for those 2 positions.
    Adli deserves his chance and would suit 433 really well, he’s also had time to adapt. So are we going to move him on now he is ready to contribute and start again with Musah?
    The position we desperately need to fill is DM.

    Everyone enjoys dynamic players who can run with the ball but we also need some Technicians who can control a game and maintain there positions

    1. @SJF

      I’m with you. Generally speaking am pleased with the decisiveness to sign players, that individually are quite talented and most have room to grow/improve.

      But ultimately its tough to fit square pegs in round holes. Is Pioli planning on a formation without a no.6 ? After favoring a double pivot for most of his Milan tenure ..

      We’ve signed one too many no.8 at the expense of a no 6 which leaves us a little imbalanced. However….. there’s still a month of the mercato remaining. Perhaps if we finally offload the deadwood there’ll be a late but important holding mf arriving, a lot on this forum have suggested Dominguez as he’s cheap and knows the league.

      Forza Milan

    2. @SJF completely agree (and also Kayson). Musah is more mezzala. How many mezzalas are we getting? I’ve said before the team is unbalanced. We still don’t have a proper defensive mid. Mind you Musah “can” play there but would he like that role. He’s often played in more attacking roles and is dribble heavy though effective.
      I dont think the 433 is going as well as it should. Its a standard movement 433 we’re playing,.ie triangles on the wings basically. I still prefer the 4231 now that we have quantity/exciting players for the roles and then we play a totally different formation 😂

    3. You are right but if you remember last season our team lacked the depth. We had limited number of players last season which even cost us from playing the champions league final by losing to inter who had more depth. I think the new signings will also bring with them more competition.
      Forza Milan

    4. Well said. I guess the plan is to have Krunic as our starting registra and Musah to back him up??? So Krunic and Musah are it seems in a 4-3-3. Big gamble. Krunic is not a starter IMO but hopefully Musah can. We will see.

  2. The investment this year is significant and we must be satisfied. It will be a real challenge to put together a team of so many new players, and find a suitable position for everyone! This boy has not yet reached his full potential (statistics) and will have to fight for his place in the next season’s team.

  3. Hi guys. I think new managers have moved in the best possible way:
    Fact 1: They should have found a heir for Kessie (Lofus-Cheek)
    Fact 2: They should have found a heir for injured Bennacer (Reijnders)
    Fact 3: They should have found a heir for Ibra (Okafor)
    Fact 4: They should have found a heir for Diaz (Polisic)
    Fact 5: They should improve the right wing (Chakueze)
    Fact 6: For financing all these players they decided to sell Tonali that I think was a wise decision. Now they should find a heir for Tonali (Musah).
    Of course all these players are promising and good on paper but should prove themselves on the pitch.

    1. RLC heir to Kessie???? Yea no lol not even close esp from a defensive reading of the game. I can go along with 2, 4 and somewhat 5. But Okafor ain’t no Ibra bro. The last sentence should be a fact an of itself. Looks exciting on paper

      1. Kessie was better defensively, but that’s it. Loftus-Cheek brings us pace, touch, and calmness on the ball, things Kessie does not have. The guy wasn’t even that good, as his time at Barcelona has shown. He should’ve stayed when we were winning, but unfortunately his eyes were too hungry for his stomach.

  4. Very ideal signing for Reijnders’ deputy. Reijnders 24 yrs old, and Musah 20 yrs old. Both have same playing style : Mezzala.

    I wonder what will happen to CDK. Will he become Giroud’s Deputy ? He can be striker, and 1,92 m tall, like Giroud.

      1. Reijnders is definitely starting. If he performs at a high level, his ability is far better than any of our other midfielders, whether it’s Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Pobega or whoever. He is a must start for the new season, especially while Bennacer is out.

  5. His defensive stats are same as Kessie’s but his passing stats are lower. However his ball carrying and dribble stats are quite high too. He’s a Kessie type of player but with more flair.

    1. I was looking at some highlights and he seems to like to carry the ball and dribble. Didn’t see much defensively to go by though

      1. He had to fill in at the 6 in the nations league and was surprisingly outstanding there. Team didn’t miss a beat without Adams.

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