AC Milan have hit a wall in their pursuit of Alvaro Morata and Gianluca Scamacca it seems, so they have reportedly turned to Portugal.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) writes that Milan will and must acquire a centre-forward to support Olivier Giroud next season, with Giorgio Furlani and Geoffrey Moncada sorting through a list.
Morata has been heavily linked in recent days but negative news arrived regarding the Growth Decree because the Spaniard does not meet the requirements for the tax discount. The striker has given willingness to drop to €5m net per season, but the gross cost would be almost €10m per year.
Atletico’s position needs to be clarified too, because it seems they are pushing for him to go to Saudi Arabia where he would earn a huge amount in salary and the club would receive €20m.
Morata is pushing for the Rossoneri, while he made a pact with Los Colchoneros before his recent renewal. The LaLiga club said it were willing to let him go for €12m if the offer came in cash. The negotiation can go on, but only under certain conditions.
The new option that has emerged is Mehdi Taremi, who is the same age as Morata. He plays the role of centre-forward in a more similar way to Giroud and could be the ideal finisher in Pioli’s 4-2-3-1.
Taremi guarantees 20-25 per season, and in the last year he surpassed himself with 31 goals in 51 games (of which 5 came in 7 Champions League appearances) – double the amount scored by Morata in Madrid.
Porto made it known some time ago that he would cost €20m, but Taremi’s deal will expire in a year. The ‘issue’ is his Iranian passport, because the arrival of Taremi would rule out Samuel Chukwueze’s signing from Villarreal because Milan only have one slot left.
The Gianluca Scamacca track remains alive too. Milan have offered West Ham an exchange with Divock Origi, which for now is not warming up and the Belgian is determined to stay.