Journalist believes Milan need Lautaro-style signing to fix the centre-forward role

By Oliver Fisher -

The AC Milan management must make an investment in a young centre-forward this summer to ensure the department is sorted for the future, a journalist has claimed.

Stefano Pioli has had to ask Olivier Giroud to work plenty of overtime during the current season due to Divock Origi struggling to contribute because of injury problems and Zlatan Ibrahimovic being out for eight months.

Pietro Mazzara has written a column for MilanNews in which he addressed the need for a new centre-forward to be acquired prior to next season, with it being a long time since an investment was made in a striker.

“Regardless of how the season will end, during the next summer transfer market Milan will not be able to avoid making a large investment in a young and strong striker,” he said.

“The need is now clear, the age of Giroud (who will eventually renew his contract) and a still anonymous Origi require an important turning point for the role of striker.

“A signing like Inter did with Lautaro Martinez would be needed, because the need to invest in a name and that this can be the present and future of Milan is fundamental. Maldini and Massara are probably already working on this issue and they too know well how it is a pick that they can’t go wrong with.”

It comes after the Rossoneri were linked with a move for Rasmus Hojlund of Atalanta earlier today. The 20-year-old has impressed in his first season in Serie A and could well be the next big-money sale that the Bergamo club make.

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  1. They already have chance when julian alvarez offered to them 20-25m euro but they choose origi because his experience on champion league

    1. Maybe they didn’t like the fact the he is a dwarf at 5’5″? What top club employing a single striker has a a 5’5″ player leading the line in recent memory?

    2. Origi was free and that’s a huge difference. More apple to apple comparison is Origi and Kolo Muani as they were both free. But then again, in any player transfer, sometimes we ‘win’ sometimes we don’t.

    1. “and was born in Argentina”, lol. Is that a special qualification? Please explain. BTW, his nationality is Mexican, he plays in the Mexican national setup and grew up playing football in Mexico. Not a disqualifier necessarily, but just saying not “made in Argentina”. So your special qualification doesn’t apply. Also, 5 goals in 19 games in the Eredivisie? Devastating. Why not go for 6’4″, 25 y/o, Marcus Thuram who has 10 goals in 19 games in the Bundesliga and is going to be FREE in four months?

      1. He was born in Argentina like Lautaro, showing the similarities (this was a joke). I know he’s mexican. It’s his first season in Europe and he’s scoring a lot on a team that presses just like Milan. I would like Thuram but I doubt he’s coming to Milan

  2. Next to impossible to get such signings when you refuse to participate in a bidding contest as they have many times so elegantly said.

    There is a reason why no one is bidding for certain players while others gain much more interest (and bids). But I’m sure if Milan continued to buy their young strikers for less than 5M€ from average leagues they’re bound to find one or two gems too per century. Let’s see how long we can wait for that to happen though.

  3. 1) Sell Leao. 2) Bring striker and left winger some of them for free and some for smaller fee due to contract expiration in June 2024. 3) Put some primavera youngsters.
    We can even sell Leao and Rebic, and still risk with Origi and Giroud, and put some youngsters and buy new striker, left winger and right winger.

    1. We may not even need a new LW if we sell Leao, since Chaka Traore is basically ready for first team action. Another manager who isn’t Pioli might even be giving him a call up and some minutes off the bench in this second half of the season to begin to acclimate him into the team.

  4. So 25 M ?so try to get Jonathan David from LOSC Lille he has 2 yr left with a team right now doesn’t do well so he’s value is 45 M and the 2 yrs left from the contract you can get him at least minimum of 30 M so it’s just 5 M more from what Inter spent for lautaro . David has 22 apps with 14 goals and 4 assists

    1. David would have been my choice too, but he struggled in the world cup to make any valuable contribution when called upon.Ligue 1 and serie a are different leagues

  5. I used to believe Rebic could fill in that spot, so we did not necessarily need a new striker. And with his performances in that position, you could bank on him to deliver. But his fitness track lately is not encouraging. Nowadays i think it would be good for both he and the club to sell him unfortunately.

    CDK is another that i think with the right coaching could fill in the role and excel. But with his form and then talk about Origis fitness, well..?

    I just dont believe Milan will get any of the strikers we’ve been linked with so far. Their price is out of our range and i doubt any big budget sacrifice would be made.

    1. “But his fitness track lately is not encouraging.”

      The fact that he’s not getting enough minutes shows. He would need to play to get his mojo back. But it’s hard to see Pioli giving him any minutes nowadays.

  6. Eredivise. Fc Utrecht. Anastasios Douvikas. Scout asap. They should also send scouts to watch Micky van de Ven from Wolfsburg. Seems like a Bootman type cb and dirt cheap atm. Joshua Zirkzee is another striker they shoul keep an eye on

  7. Pioli must creative. They have CdK, try him with lautaro style on the field. Last year milan almost done with julian alvarez , but american hotdog wont give that money for milan. So they catch the injury prone Origi. Mismanage. Hehe

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