GdS: ‘Only they remain’ – Milan left picking between two strikers

By Oliver Fisher -

The first day of preseason begins today and there will be no new centre-forward to the new head coach Paulo Fonseca to work with.

According to this morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below), Joshua Zirkzee is about to sign for Manchester United and that means there are two solutions left that the Rossoneri management could focus on: Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.

While the situation for the Belgian remains unchanged, with no concrete news and strong competition from Napoli, for the Spaniard things are instead moving along after Zlatan Ibrahimovic himself spoke to him.

Clock ticking

Time is ticking, the preseason is starting today, and it is unacceptable in the eyes of the fans that on July 8th Milan still does not have its new No.9. Patience is over, not that there was much to begin with, which is why the management has the obligation to get a move on.

Something else that hasn’t helped is the Zirkzee saga, the player that was the number one summer target but is fading away due to United’s attempts. The Dutch striker, in fact, is about to sign with the Red Devils, who are willing to pay the commissions requested by Kia Joorabchian, which Milan refused to.

In light of this, there is a serious risk that things could now experience a further moment of stalemate, but those around the club are aware that the time has come to get the new striker, with the names of Lukaku and Morata at the top of the list.

Choice made

Which of the two will Milan focus on? Given the narrative of the past few days, the answer is obvious: the Atletico Madrid man is the new first choice. However, he wants to finish the European Championship with Spain and then decide, so there is another wait to come.

The success of the negotiation will depend a lot on the will of Morata, who – after having sworn his love to Atletico Madrid – gave an interview yesterday which once again suggested that his future remains to be decided.

Considering the €13m release clause in the player’s contract, Milan will therefore have to deal not with Atletico but directly with Morata, who will be asked to accept a small discount on his salary. And Lukaku? It will all depend on what happens with Napoli, who must sell Victor Osimhen first.

Tags AC Milan Alvaro Morata Romelu Lukaku

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      1. That’s been my whole beef mate, I respect Lukaku and Morata as players but both are past their prime and it’s a complete inversion of what the original goal was…this was meant to be our new Sheva/Pato move, the young hungry talent ready for the next stage. Dobvyk, David, Gimenez fulfil that criteria, not Lukaku or Morata.

        Yet still the redbird ball ticklers will desperately try and explain how this is the right move, that this is what we need and how one of these is exactly the right move for Milan…..the very point of this summer in the striker department was a big upgrade, not another sideways move!

        1. What if the scouts have looked at those players over the last year and think they each have a significant flaw? They’re not just looking at goals and assists, but how they play within a team, their personality fitting, whether they’re able to deal mentally with the step up etc.

          I’m not saying that’s the case and certainly those names would be more exciting, but each more than a gamble.

          There’s also the case that each of those players and their agents may have other plans. David seems focused on England and Dovbyk is rumoured to want Atleti. Feyenoord are asking silly money for Giminez.

          That said, I believe the scouting department should have the resources to be finding a player with the right talents, even if they are further down the pyramid.

          1. Yeah you might be right mate, and of course we aren’t privy to these conversations. However as fans, all we can do is connect the dots and the dots are forming the picture that we are intent on going for yet another past their prime, 30 plus striker who is unwanted by their current club who is cheap….that isn’t the ‘dream’ we were sold.

    1. Yes indeed what about him?
      He’s young tall strong can score goal, just what the management wanted to bring in and yet they failed at all avenues!

      So now the Milan Management are desperate once again for second season. Deja vue?
      This a management with No Vison and No idea.

      Even Sacchi is worried for lack of vision by this Milan Mgmnt. God help us.

  1. So we went from a big budget for a top striker to old ones to help Camarda in 2-3 years time? Looks for CDMs in U15 team and let’s bring Gattuso back from retirement

  2. There is still David, Dovbyk, Gimenez… maybe other names like Sorloth, Broja, Abraham, Lucca, Scamacca… there is a lot of possibilities.

    These narrative that we only have Morata or Lukaku is only media exaggeration.

    1. None of the eight names you mentioned are better than Lukaku or Morata, several are clearly way worse. That doesn’t mean Lukaku or Morata are top-class, but the others are so very far from it. Borja, Abraham, oh my god Scamacca, what a bunch of stiffs.

  3. NO problems with moving on from Zee and Kia’s exploits. But if we sign Morata we’re simply kicking the can down the road so to speak. He becomes the stop gap and we still don’t have a reliable striker for the future. I hope the plan isn’t to stop gap our way until Camarda is ready.

    Two strikers arrive? I don’t know, certainly not at the salary that Morata is requesting. And Fonseca is trying to integrate Jovic and Okafor too? he’ll be busy. Curious how this plays out.

    One thing is for sure. Milan will do things their way eiher way without giving a d*mn about public (or anyone’s) opinion.

    Origi and Toure playing with the kids… LMAO!!!. Nice move. Babysit or move on, b|tches…

  4. What if we buy Osimhen?
    Pessimistic people will say it is impossible.
    If nothing is going to be materialized from all of our young attacker targets, then adding him into the list sounds good too.

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