From Belotti to David and Ekitike – the factors Milan’s striker pursuit depends on

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan know that they need to make an investment on a centre-forward at some point and they have a few names in their orbit, a report claims.

According to, the Rossoneri are enjoying the emergence of Olivier Giroud and are hoping that Zlatan Ibrahimovic can soon return to contributing, but their respective ages of 35 and 41 mean planning for the future is necessary.

Milan are looking to permanently sign Sven Botman and Renato Sanches, and they might also try to both push through the permanent signing of Brahim Diaz and look for a winger, so it remains to be seen if the budget will be there to sign a €30-40m striker.

The Andrea Belotti idea has never gone away, with the boyhood Rossoneri fan waiting for a call from Milan to make his dream come true, but for the time being Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are not willing to totally commit to signing him.

With the right economic leverage, they would go back to France where Lille’s Jonathan David – who has 16 goals this season – and Hugo Ekitike – who has 10 goals for Reims – would be targets. However, the first is worth €40m and the second is a €30m+ already given the competition involved.

Tags AC Milan Andrea Belotti Hugo Ekitike Jonathan David


  1. Honestly, Milan’s striker pursuit has been the dumbest storyline heading into summer’s transfer window. We NEED to spend in other areas! The second best Italian striker for the last half a decade wants to come in for free. He also happens to be in his prime. And he’s a Milan fan! You don’t have to think twice, it’s a complete no brainer: take him and run! Spend those 30-40 mil (if we really have that kind of money, btw, especially after Botman and Sanches) on a freaking right winger, for goodness’ sake!

    1. I couldn’t agree more. Belotti might not be Mpape/Haland level but he is certainly a proven good sticker, more than decent choice. In a good team he score as much as Immobile. Bringing him for free is a no brainer.
      We NEED urgently to invest on other areas: RW. It’s crazy that we hear rumors about all positions but RW.

      1. It doesn’t make sense. He won’t play in front of Ibra and maybe not even Giroud. So, at 28, he will join Milan to maybe play? It won’t happen, the only real information you have about him really prioritizing Milan is the same articles you don’t trust. 😀

  2. I can bet my left testis that Belotti is the last name on the sticker shortlist even though he will be for free, the awkwardness of the attacking transfer so far is nauseating the management just seem to not want to solve the obvious attacking problems and it’s frustrating to see.

  3. Take Belotti for free. Give Zlatan one more year on performance conditions.
    Then concentrate on getting a right winger who can score or assist or both.

  4. Johnathan David is strong, fast with good skills. He also fits the type that Elliot management likes. I would even try him on the RW. But someone like Thauvin or Fekir would be better there.

  5. I think the best purchaise would be Ekitike. It perfectly fits Eliot strategy even if he comes with a hefty price. But getting reallistic, Belotti is cheap (free agent) and guarantees a certain level of performance.

  6. Belotti is free and for now we can focus on the RW position.
    This shouldn’t even be a discussion unless there’s some billions Elliot aren’t telling us of

  7. Belotti would be a great choice not only because he is a Milan fan and we’ve seen with Tonali and Calabria how much that can motivate a player but also because he’s free!!! I know he’s had injury problems later but the poor guy is just dead, he plays for frickin Torino, since Belotti has playing for them the squads he’s had mostly generated very little chances for him and somehow he’s still managed to have impressive stats, and he’s had virtually no real substitute all this time, all the weight of the attack relying on him for so long, of course it was going to fire back physically sooner or later, but he will recover and what better place to do so than the club he’s been a fan of for so long!

    1. He won’t play while Ibrahimović and Giroud are there, what is the point? If Ibrahimović doesn’t sign a new contract ok, if he does what is the idea?

    2. Yeah right, did you see the Torino team? The names of the players, with a few that would be first team starters at Milan. And how many chances they created agains Juventus? 😀

  8. Belotti just scored against Juventus in his first game as a starter after a long injury. He scored a great headder in the previous game coming from the bench as well (which was canceled cause Pobega was in offside. It was a contrevarsial decision). If he scores like this while coming back from injury and still not fully fit, i say he can still provide a lot as a top striker. Deffenetly worth it to take some gamble on him. Spend the money on a top RW.

  9. Belloti je gotova stvar ! i to besplatno , novinari samo filozofiraju i pale iluzije !! Berardija bi bilo dobro uzet za desno krilo ! ako je skup onda Bernardeskija isto na besplatan transver !

  10. Ibrahimovic is a kegend but I think it’s time to end it.

    I watched belotti against Juventus and all I can say is this…..if Milan don’t sign this guy who is free and also a Milan fan and also extremely underrated, just to spend millions on some France youth products that can either succeed or fail, then there is something seriously wrong with Milan as a club.

    Belloti is far better option than all these overhyped kids, he knows the league, already know some of the players from national team, a fan, fantastic stats…he has it all.

    This guy being flanked by leao and rebic with Adli behind them will surprise serie A.

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