GdS: ‘Zirkzee: green light’ – why Milan now have greater chance of €40m deal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Joshua Zirkzee with the idea of a return to Bayern Munich currently unlikely, a report claims.

This mornings edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) writes that Zirkzee knows he has to decide his future in the next two months, given the amount of clubs that are interested in signing him.

In recent weeks there has already been a lot of talk about Bayern Munich having the chance to re-sign him for €40m. However, the German club have other priorities at the moment and the striker is not keen on returning.

The Bayern factor

In short, that option does not attract the player nor his former team at present. Of course Zirkzee has great respect for Bayern, who signed him at 16 when he was a promising player for Feyenoord. However, his years in Munich had ups and downs and did not end on a high note.

Zirkzee was launched by Bayern in December 2019 and responded with a record: he was the fastest player in Bundesliga history to score twice. However, 2020 brought a few games as a starter and nothing more, until the move to Parma in January 2021.

Since then Zirkzee has had success in Belgium, in Italy and in short, he would love to have new experiences. Bayern meanwhile chose Harry Kane last summer, who is 30 years old and still has plenty of football ahead of him.

Mathys Tel, the 18-year-old who arrived in 2022 from Rennes, means that Bayern already have an investment in a young striker to protect. For this reason, the Bavarian side are not likely to spend the €40m to bring Zirkzee back.

Milan’s interest

Milan have put the Dutchman at the forefront of their wish list together with Benjamin Sesko. They know Bayern can re-acquire Zirkzee for €40m, have the possibility of matching any offers and a significant resale percentage – not far from 50%.

In short, to sign Zirkzee, Milan must invest at least €40m. Bologna meanwhile are making their own calculations, knowing that they have a very valuable asset that they must try raise as much as possible from.

Firstly, in the event of qualification for the Champions League – something now definitely in the picture – they can make an attempt to keep Zirkzee for another season. Secondly, Rasmus Hojlund was sold by Atalanta to Manchester United for around €75m plus €10m in bonuses.

That transfer is being used as a reference figure by the Rossoblu because Zirkzee has comparable numbers and age, he could cost a similar amount. For Bologna it would be a sensational capital gain, considering that the 22-year-old cost €8.5m.

Zlatan and the big threats

The conditions of a potential deal will weight in Milan’s evaluation, as will the the opinion of Stefano Pioli or another coach, plus the word of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who will have strong ideas together with Giorgio Furlani, Geoffrey Moncada and Antonio D’Ottavio.

With Zirkzee, in theory, there is a common thread linking past and future: Zlatan was one of Joshua’s favourite players and he now, more than others, resembles a young Ibra in the way that he plays.

The big threat comes from the Premier League. English clubs have a superior purchasing power and Zirkzee knows that, sooner or later, he will play in England. His idea is probably to do it in a few years but in short, not everything in life is foreseen.

So pay attention to Manchester United, who made a move, and to Arsenal who have a game suited to enhancing his improvisations and his tendency to play as more of a ‘9.5’ than a typical centre-forward.

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  1. I think I’m going to get largely disagreed with here, but I think we should let Okafor lead the line next season, keep Jovic as an option as he’s better in a pair anyway, sign adequate cover, and invest HEAVILY in a proper 10 instead.

    1. I think we need a striker more than a number 10 bro. IMO pulisic can play 10 and Loftus is capable as he’s shown. With no Giroud next season looking likely that’s the final piece of our attacking puzzle. That, a CB and a solid defensive midfielder would do wonders.

      1. Yeah but Puli is proving too good on the right to move inside, and I love RLC, I’d still start him every week, but behind someone who’s genuinely creative. I’m not convinced by him as a 10.

        And yeah, agreed. I was only referring to our attack in the above post but if we were only to sign one player in the summer it has to be a defensive midfielder.

    2. No real need to invest heavily, since Rayan Cherki might be available for around 25M.
      He could maybe alternate profiles with RLC depending on what the match requires

      1. Non of them is what nowadays coaches play in that position. I guarantee you will never see Pulisic in #10 role.

        Ancelotti plays Bellingham, Gasperini plays Koopmeiners, Motta plays Ferguson, Pioli played Bennacer, Kessie and now RLC.

        #8 is the new #10

    3. i so agree with this.our problem is d lack of an attacking midfielder with vision in d squad.someone like odegaard or kdb.loftus is a great runner with technique but lacks vision once he is in d final third.he holds d ball way too much and wastes good attacking runs.pulisic on d other hand is our best cover for the right wing for now pending when chuks will invest in 10 and keep okafor, jovic and colombo

  2. The Question here . Why Bayern must help ACM by activating 40m euro clause? No benefit for Bayern unless they want to buy ACM player and proposed swap deal with zirkzee

  3. Forget it. I’ve been saying for a while that the Hojlund transfer is going to set the market for Zirkzee, and we can’t afford that. I highly doubt Zirkzee will arrive. I am also beginning to doubt Motta will arrive, which would have helped bring Zirkzee. I think that if Bologna qualify for the CL, that they’ll actually try to keep hold of Zirkzee unless an offer like Hojlund’s comes in. Another other scenario, one which I’m beginning to dread, is Motta to Juventus to replace Allegri, and Zirzkee follows, if they sell Vlahovic.

    1. Yes , the only way Bayern help ACM get zirkzee by activating that clause and they only do that if they get one ACM player like maignan or tomori

      1. Yeah thats an ace up their sleeve.

        I think we should forget Zirkzee and go for a true no. 9
        The ukranian guy at Girona would suit imo
        The fact Shevchenko played for Milan helps

  4. If that’s the ridiculous number needed, just forget him ang go for Gyokeres. He’s gonna cost a similar figure to Hojlund, so go get the best option uf you’re gonna blow the money

    1. Wtf is this obsession with one season wonders

      Gyokeres literall came from 2nd division last year and now all the kids online think he is worth 100m

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