GdS: Pioli precedent and flexibility – why Milan see Milinkovic-Savic as the ideal reinforcement

By Oliver Fisher -

La Gazzetta dello Sport have doubled down on their suggestion that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could reunite with Stefano Pioli and join AC Milan.

The paper (as seen below) writes how Milinkovic-Savic has become everything that Pioli – his first coach in Italy – imagined he could be in 2015. He is now a total midfielder, capable of raising the level of play for the entire team, creating danger and scoring goals in any area of ​​the field he is deployed.

That is also why he is the ideal reinforcement for Milan who have Pioli in mind. There is no negotiation at the moment, but there is a liking. With only one year of contract ahead, the Serbia international’s farewell to Lazio in the summer is more than likely, as Igli Tare suggested.

Milinkovic-Savic made his debut under Pioli at Lazio Champions League preliminaries against Leverkusen and in a short time he would become a staple of Pioli’s 4-3-3, then redesigned into a 4-2-3-1.

Milan’s tactical journey in recent years resembles the one made by Pioli’s Lazio, and that is why the midfielder could follow the same path, becoming a central attacking midfielder in the Rossoneri’s current formation.

For Sergej it would not be new, and not only because he already held that role at the beginning in the Biancoceleste. Playing as a No.10, the is closer to the goal in support of the centre-forward, is his job in the Serbian national team.

It is no coincidence that Pioli went for Calhanoglu and Kessie over Brahim Diaz in the last two seasons, and then Krunic or Bennacer over De Ketelaere and Diaz at times this season.

In terms of his physicality and eye for goal Milinkovic-Savic is the closest to Kessie. With the Serbian Pioli could also go back to his origins and readopt the 4-3-3, provided he has a real right winger in the squad. These are all ideas of course, but they start from the basis of potentially signing a player of real quality.

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  1. This is a statement signing, him, Zaniolo and Fermino with a new striker would lift our attack to immense heights, so we can bury these small teams we drop points to because we don’t s ore enough goals and let them build their momentum and confidence

    1. LMAO – does anyone really think Ownership will give Maldini the 50-60M to sign SMS???? Hahahahaha. Keep dreaming! Never going to happen with these owners. Cheap young talent and free transfers are the way to go. And it’s Maldini’s fault he can’t sign established consistent starters that cost $$$ and make higher wages $$$???? LOLOLOLO. Come on fellas wake up to reality.

      1. I dont think any club are stupid to pay 60m euro for SMS that only have 1 years contract left. What i mean if SMS price 25-35m euro then we should go buy him ,above 35m euro already over price. Owner already give 50m euro cash this season,no italian club can buy player cash without selling their player except AC Milan . Is that owner fault if director buy CDK cash 35m euro ? Without no contribution 0 goal . Just admit it this season transfer are failure all of them except thiaw. Origi 2 goal with 4m euro nett salary, loan player all failed Dest & Aster. Why buy CDK if you already buy Adili ? Failure to sell Rebic,BalloToure make depth awful, give 3 years contract to injury prone florenzi & junior messias is that owner fault? Let see next summer owner will give 50m euro cash , if king Maldini use 20-25m euro cash from that budget to buy lord RLC , i will laugh so hard waiting someone blame owner

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