GdS: Lower demands and goal struggles – how Milan’s Jonathan David plan is taking shape

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan are searching for a new striker and the most heavily linked name right now is Jonathan David at Lille, so the club has formed a plan to secure his signature.

As has been reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri are extremely keen on the Canadian striker and it is clear that Milan need to sign a striker who can be the long-term replacement for Olivier Giroud.

Jonathan David’s profile

Last season he scored 26 goals and in the season before, 19. Born in 2000, David fits the profile of player that Milan are trying to sign, in that he is undoubtedly talented, young, and does not need to be purchased from one of Europe’s top teams.

He would likely cost around €40m, a figure lower than the €60m requested by the French club a few months ago, by virtue of his contract expiring in 2025.

The Taremi alternative

One thing that will make Milan wonder about a different track is the availability of Mehdi Taremi. The Porto striker would be a cheaper and more experienced option, but there is almost no room for growth there. They will need to beat competition from Inter, though.

Milan’s plan

Milan are aware of their options and will pounce if an opportunity arises in January for a move. That being said, the main plan remains to make a serious purchase of a striker in the summer of 2024.

Milan are currently putting their faith in Luka Jovic and Noah Okafor as the other options behind Olivier Giroud. In the summer, one of David or Taremi are very serious options.

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  1. I don’t think he’s the right man to lead the line to be honest. I fear he moves to a bigger club and flops but all the best regardless!

    1. Doesn’t need to move to a bigger one to flop. He is having a terrible season already in Ligue 1. He won’t stand the test and breakthrough the tough defences and rigours of Serie A.

      In international competition against better competition he fades and lacks initiative. Don’t have the clinical nature to make up for his inability to create for himself or others. I’d pass on him.

      Taremi on the team bagging goals for us gives us more prize money by going further in European competitions and securing higher positions in the domestic league which varies 5 millions lesser per position dropped. Having him from the start if he scored in 1 goal games, we’d be in pole position to win a title. Other team’s midfield and defence would have to cover one more sure goal scorer so they would be punished more if they opened up or they would attack us less fervently and we would also convert many missed chances we saw so far. Maybe we loose resale value but the results he provides in the meantime will cover the cost of a new player by the time he is no longer capable of being a reliable number 1.

  2. Hopefully some team buys this bum in January so we can stop reading his name being connected with Milan.
    Overrated penalty merchant.
    In the best season of his career just about half of the goals came from penalties.
    If he was any good he wouldn’t be still playing at Lille.

  3. I’m not that high on David as others are and not convinced especially after his poor WC showing. Not sure he would be the ideal #9 for our system and think Taremi would fit better. In truth we should be after 2 strikers as Giroud cannot play forever, Jovic is useless and shouldn’t be resigned and Okafor is a natural winger that can play as a #9 occasionally. Wish we would have signed Wahi who is a gem. Also for 50M I’d go after Sesko if at all possible and pass on David.

    1. Being Canadian, I watched Canada at the WC. Alphonso Davies was the darling of that team and Jonathan David was good on a relatively mediocre team. I’ve seen him play plenty for Canada against good sides like USA and Mexico. He is quality and young. He moved to Lille from the Belgian league (Brugge I think) and lit it up. 14 open play goals and 10 penalties is a sign of the trust that Lille has in him to score under pressure. Plus Lille has produced a great many good talents including Leao, Maignan and Oshimen. So they know what they are doing when they develop and sell talent.

  4. Offload Leao this summer and upgrade across the board. PSG will come for him with loads of cash.

    We can add depth/quality at CB, RB, LB, Regista, Two proper CF’s… AND COACH 🤣 Although I’m good with Pioli until summer to see how the dust settles.

  5. Even though being non Italian but living in the States, it’s frustrating to see our transfer policy is based on bringing mostly players based from North America.

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