GdS: Ibrahimovic prepares phone call as Milan eye signing of Gyökeres – the price tag

By Isak Möller -

Viktor Gyökeres has ended up on AC Milan’s wish list for the No.9 role and while the competition is expected to be fierce, the Rossoneri have a strategy. Per a report, this could be the time for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to shine. 

The Sporting Lisbon striker has been stunning this season, bagging 36 goals and 14 assists, and it’s not exactly surprising that many big clubs are monitoring his progress. Milan are one of them, as reported by today’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport (see photo below).

Gyökeres has a €100m release clause in his contract, as Sporting more or less always includes high clauses when signing a player, but that’s not the true price tag. At least €50m will be needed, though, which is still rather hefty.

Sporting know that a lot will depend on the preference of the player, seeing as they are bound to make a pretty big profit anyway. Milan have not yet labelled the operation impossible, especially since a lot of their other targets also have high starting price tags (Joshua Zirkzee, Benjamin Sesko and so on).

The Rossoneri are well aware that a huge chunk of the budget will need to be invested in a No.9, but the competition of Arsenal and Chelsea could make it very difficult. Milan, however, have something that these clubs don’t: Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Gyökeres has always considered the 42-year-old an idol and they also played together in the Swedish national team. Ibrahimovic is following the 25-year-old’s season with great interest and a phone call could perhaps make all the difference.

Tags AC Milan Sporting Lisbon Viktor Gyökeres


  1. There will be interest from several rich clubs. Why would Sporting be ok with €50 million and how is that a hefty sum nowadays?

    This guy is a monster! He is big and runs a lot and is a good finisher.

    If Cardinale can get some arab money injection. Otherwise he will be out of reach.

  2. Gyökeres is hyped to the sky all because of one single great season in Portugal. He is 24 so I really don’t thi k he is someone Milan should bet on. Sesko at least have been scoring on a regular basis for a couple of years and is also younger.

    1. How is Austrian league tougher than Portuguese? At least Portugal has Benfica and Porto as bigger clubs than Sporting. And the league itself is higher ranked than Austrian, it’s in top 7 European league, iirc.

      It’s Sesko 1st season at RB Leipzig, previously he played for RB Salzburg. He scored 7 goals in 23 matches in bundesliga, which is decent for a young striker, but it’s not a crazy stats. Timo Werner was scoring for fun at Leipzig before his move to Chelsea, look how he fare at Chelsea.

      Sesko may become one of the best striker in the future but at present, he is still too raw. Gyokeres is only 24, he still have room to grow, but I think he can be a main striker right now.

      If Milan looked to buy someone as main striker right away, it’s wiser to bet on Gyokeres or Zirkzee than Sesko. But if they can wait, I.e. Have someone take main striker position for one season and wait for Sesko to mature and adapt, then buy Sesko.

  3. Sesko.. A 20 year old who has been proving himself for multiple seasons in a relatively tougher league against tougher opponents vs A swedish one season wonder who in 24 year old in a Club that has a history of OVER-overpricing their players… a tough choice indeed.

      1. @AR all good bro.

        But I dont think you know much about Austrian Bundesliga. Portuguese league is a two club league. The rest of the teams possess very little to no quality neither offensive nor defensive. Austrian league is much more technical, teams are defensively very solid and gameplay is much MUCH faster than Portugese league. Its very easy to score in Portuguese league, which is why you will see a lot of players from that league failing to do ANYTHING elsewhere, Recent example is Nunez, specially when it comes to Strikers. Which is why I believe Austrian league is tougher than Portuguese one due to the teams being much more physical with defenses much more solid and tougher in Bundesliga. That is my Opinion. If you consider league rankings, of course Portuguese league stands higher due to TV rights and club histories etc. But is it tougher? I doubt that.

  4. Good Player, granted it’s easier to score 30+ goals in Portuguese league than Serie A. But even 50mil is steep.

    (I don’t get why release clause is 100mil but you can land him for half?)

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