Kessie experiment hints at Milan playmaker pursuit – the €50m dream and the other target

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli made the decision to field Franck Kessie as an attacking midfielder and it could be an indication related to the market, a report claims.

Brahim Diaz has struggled since recovering Covid and having not got back to his best form – in addition to the success of playing Kessie there against Empoli – has suggested that Pioli needs an attacking midfielder who can alternate with Brahim Diaz.

According to, the ideal profile for Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 system is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio, who is not commonly seen as a playmaker but he can play the role well. It is unlikely that Lazio would sell for less than €50m however.

A player who has different characteristics but who could still have the physicality and threat that the Rossoneri need is Antonin Barak of Hellas Verona. He has been linked before and has an asking price of around €15-20m, but also has admirers in the Premier League.

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Tags AC Milan Antonin Barak Sergej Milinkovic-Savic


  1. Raimond says:

    Szoboszlai & Draxler!

  2. Juro says:

    We have Adli coming in summer from Bordeaux he is our new CAM. Diaz can be his back up until his loan is up. Spend the 50M on Vlahovic instead…

    1. Salt a pepper says:

      We will have Aldi CAM and should not spend it on barak or Savic fucking spend it on romain faivre we are close again if we stuff up this time in 4 years we will be regretting it or spend it on vlahovic.

    2. shiva says:

      From what he (Vlahovic himself) Serbian media, he only wants Juventus if he is to stay in Italy. If true, he is obviously an imbecile, and we don’t want him anywhere near Milan.

      1. shiva says:

        Oh FFS, I am illiterate today.

        That should go: “From what he (Vlahovic himself) told Serbian media…”

        1. YMK says:

          Well Gianluca Scamacca is way better option cheaper & italian so getting him is more offordable and achievable

          1. Zsolt Bertalan says:

            Scamacca cheaper for sure.Simply because he isn’t near Vlahovic’s level.

      2. Vero Rossonero says:

        Uh, if he doesn’t want to come to Milan then whatever you want is irrelevant isn’t it?

    3. Vero Rossonero says:

      I completely agree with this. If not Vlahovic then whatever good young proper forward.

    4. bb says:

      Vlahovic will cost (much) more than 50M. And Milan don’t have that kind of cash. And I mean cash, because Viola wouldn’t accept the Milan’s typical “loan + option to buy”-deal

  3. Savo Calcio says:

    Play a 4312, forget wingers ours suck anyways.

    Ibra or whoever we bring in (Scamacca/Belotti, etc) plays next to Leao or Rebic up top. SMS in the hole (AM), Adli, Bennacer, Tonali in mid with Pobega, Kamara, and Bakayoko backing them up (who knows maybe we get sanchez if possible too). Same 4 man D. All set.

    1. Vero Rossonero says:

      And who plays RW? Saelemaekers? The Messiah? We desperately need to plug that hole too. You’re talking about a potential 100m euro outlay. Not happening.

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