GdS: Milan make Openda their No.1 target as Lens open to potential sale

By Oliver Fisher -

With a Champions League place now secured, AC Milan can begin planning their summer transfer window with some extra funds secured.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (as seen below) recalls the words of RC Lens president Joseph Marie Oughourlian, who actually admitted that he would be open to selling Lois Openda.

“If a big club come in for one of our players, we’ll talk to the staff and we’ll be prepared. We don’t always have control over those things. If the big teams come for our players, there’s not much we can do,” he said.

The paper adds that Openda is at the top of Milan’s list to reinforce the attack. Lens are asking for €30-35m to sell, a price that is not exaggerated if we take into account the way that transfer fees are going in the modern age.

The Belgian is just 22 years of age and has scored 20 goals in Ligue 1 this season. The player, for his part, didn’t say much about the future when asked after the game, but that could be a sign of an opening to leave too.

“The future? It’s not certain that what we read in the media is true, I’m focused on Lens, then we’ll see what happens. Shining in the Champions League here would be something exceptional, it is up to us to continue like this in a great competition,” he said.

“The Bollaert stadium is a bit like my home, this season has given me a lot of confidence. How can we resist the demands of the transfer market? The phone is in airplane mode.”

Milan are not the only club to have their eyes on Openda as Atletico Madrid have scouted him and could submit an official offer to Lens soon. Then there are Premier League teams, who have the financial resources to blow others out of the water.

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      1. It’s not a comparison. We’re going ‘all in’ on a guy who is going to play off the bench (behind Giroud).

        I wont post the list again, to avoid repetition, but there is a very clear profile of the type of striker who scores in Italy.

        Openda is not it. If we are not completely deluding ourselves, in terms of expectations of Openda, we’re going to spend 30m Euros for some variation off the bench. He is the wrong player.

        1. I know the list and it’s a decent point. But don’t u think if we have both types of strikers it wouldn’t help? Just asking ur opinion. I think it might help if they play together, one fast agile player around the taller Giroud. It could work but we’ll either change formation or use him on the wing as a false winger

          1. The way I see it, Giroud had 8 goals from 36 rounds with heavy minutes. That’s his season. Actually, let’s give him 9 from 37 because Juve played at a normal level.

            His numbers are padded to respectability with the hat trick against Samp. I place no value in anything that happened in that match as Samp played with no intensity.

            The aim for the number 9 is 20 goals. Giroud is half the target. My first priority is finding someone who can actually lead the line.

            Having the variation off the bench is definitely a good thing. If that’s what we want it is very unlikely we will use Openda on a wing.

            Maybe the loan option with Scamacca allows us the flexibility to sign Openda too. I would be 1000% in support of signing them both as that would give us a great set of options.

    1. Agree. I would like to see more italians in our team. But i wanna see a strong twam above all. I wish we would’ve gotten barrela back then.

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