AC Milan have put off an investment in a starting striker for some time, but they can delay it no longer and must make the right purchase in the summer window.
This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) reports that the Milan management are fixed on the idea of investing in a new centre-forward for the future ahead of the 2024-25 season.
One of Olivier Giroud or Luka Jovic will not be in the squad from July and that is why an intervention becomes a necessity. Who will it be? How much will they cost? Now, the interesting discussion begins.
Milan are already looking around and have various options on their list: Benjamin Sesko is on the very front row, Joshua Zirkzee impressed on Saturday at San Siro, Jonathan David has been on the list for months and Santiago Gimenez keepers getting better.
A comparison makes sense to understand who has more possibilities and what the variables are, but there is an issue: they are all expensive and all on the wish lists of the big teams, therefore difficult to sign.
Five months from the official start of the summer mercato, the one certainty is the characteristics that the management are looking for, the main ones being the age (young) and potential (high).
The idea of a Leao-Zirkzee couple is by far the most creative, for many the most fascinating, but the Dutchman still has to prove he can play at a high level and neither are particularly clinical.
The most consistent striker is Gimenez, who thrives in the area more than Zirkzee (and more than Jonathan David) and has the speed of execution to become a good partner of Leao.
The cheapest is likely to be Jonathan David, while Sesko is experiencing a tougher moment as he is playing less than the other strikers RB Leipzig have. Whether it is an advantage or a disadvantage, you decide.