Journalist Luca Pagni has shared some of his thoughts regarding AC Milan’s transfer targets and also the race for a top four spot.
With the Rossoneri heading into the final game of the season on Sunday, they know that they must win against Atalanta in order to guarantee a top four spot and dropping points could cause them to drop out, with Napoli hosting Verona and Juve travelling to Bologna. If your gut is telling you to bet on the game, sites like JackpotCity casino online are good for a flutter.
Pagni of La Repubblica spoke during an interview with MilanNews about the potential of finishing fifth plus the recent links with Giroud.
If Milan were to miss out on qualification for the Champions League, would it be a failure or a simple disappointment?
“Disappointment. If you look at last year, there have been steps forward. The problem is disappointment, first and foremost from a financial point of view, because arriving in the Champions League allows a sort of vicious circle, which doesn’t necessarily always work. Just look at what is happening at Inter despite the two fundamental qualifications for the Champions League, they have taken the longest step.
“Milan are on a correct path from a financial point of view, but reaching fourth place is essential to start recover and return to the glories of the past. Fourth place had to be secured in January: the extra money spent in the winter transfer market would return. Instead they evaluated that they could sign a player like Mandzukic, who was a champion but who obviously had more problems than I thought. Now I read that they could have taken Giroud as early as January, then it was a serious mistake to take Mandzukic. Now I don’t know what Giroud is for in the future, if not to reach the Champions League with great cost containment. We need a 20-goal striker.”
Would you need a different profile from Giroud in attack?
“I look at the statistics: in the last three seasons he has scored 2, 8 and 4 goals in the Premier League. He has not always been a starter, but he has played enough. In the Champions League this year he has scored 6 in 8 appearances. He is certainly a player of experience, but he will turn 35 in September. We have seen that even with Kjaer – who is phenomenal for the level of Italian football – you have to be careful to use him every now and then. Giroud doesn’t score a lot, he is very functional to the game and scores, but does not solve the problems. If the strategy is to take Giroud because he is free, it is cheap, he is solid and he makes you play, we are at the point of first: you are missing the 20-goal striker, which greatly increases the chances of reaching the top four and make the leap in quality.”
There is a lot of talk about the importance of 2nd place for Atalanta – but wouldn’t the others earn more with Juve out of the Champions League?
“Atalanta, arriving in second place, take more immediately, this is evident: the table of the money that is distributed at the end of the season says so. But they would take less after, because Juventus have built their fortunes over the last ten years. Not only thanks to the Stadium, but also on the fact that, always qualifying for the Champions League, they obtain a greater number of funds for the Market Pool.
“Not only that: always going to the Champions League means they can sign the strongest players, while the other Italians do not do it. With Juve out of the Champions League there would therefore be more money for everyone else, but it would come later. Atalanta has an immediate interest and a higher interest afterwards. Perhaps the two things are the same.”