Massara issues response to Papu Gomez rumours and addresses possible striker pursuit

By Isak Möller -

With just a few minutes to go until Sassuolo-Milan kick-offs, sporting director Ricky Massara spoke about the Rossoneri’s current situation on Italian TV. With just one point to spare at the top, they need a win today. 

Milan have drawn their last two games (both 2-2) and will be looking to get back to winning ways this afternoon. Against an in-form Sassuolo side, though, it won’t be easy for Stefano Pioli’s men especially with all the injuries.

In an interview with Sky Italia, as cited by MilanNews, Massara was asked about the striker situation as Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be out for another month. He didn’t give much away, but touched on the Papu Gomez rumours.

“Gomez is a very talented player, but he belongs to Atalanta and we don’t want to get involved with their issues. As far as I can tell, the break isn’t that clear. We have a very strong squad, we’re happy with it and we hope to continue the strong form we’ve had in recent months.”

MilanNews reported how Ibrahimovic’s year is over as at the end of Friday’s training he felt pain in his left calf, with an MRI revealing a problem with the muscle and that a test will be carried out in 10 days at the earliest.

The idea of signing a striker who could play as a deputy to Ibrahimovic has long been floated, and given his latest setback it seems the situation has intensified.

“Ibra injury? Nothing has changed. We are convinced we have a squad up to the task, with many different options,” Massara said.

“The squad has already shown it can do well without Ibrahimovic, and although we hope he’ll be back as soon as possible, this doesn’t change our transfer objectives.

“As we’ve said, if we have the opportunity to improve the team in the right circumstances, then we’ll be ready to take advantage, but it seems unlikely there will be many good deals in January for anyone,” he concluded.

READ MORE: Milan’s stance on defender and striker signings in January window outlined

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