MN: Three set price tags and two unknowns – the latest on Milan’s striker pursuit

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan are looking to sign a striker in the summer and several names have already been linked with the club. As highlighted by a report, though, five targets are considered more ‘concrete’. 

Olivier Giroud could leave Milan at the end of the season as the MLS side LAFC has approached the Frenchman. At the age of 37, turning 38 in September this year, it could be the striker’s last chance for a new adventure and he seems very tempted.

As highlighted by MilanNews, Milan have identified five key targets for the No.9 role: Joshua Zirkzee, Benjamin Sesko, Viktor Gyökeres, Santiago Jimenez and Jonathan David. For the first three, the price tags have already been set ahead of the summer.

Starting with Zirkzee, it has been a tremendous season for him with Bologna and his release clause is sey ay €40m. Since Bayern Munich will be entitled to a good chunk of the proceeds from a sale, the Rossoblu will do their best to raise the price tag, but this is the set base.

Benjamin Sesko has an even higher price, with his release clause set at €50m, and Leipzig will likely not budge from this. At the age of 20, he has already established himself as a top striker and his characteristics make him the perfect replacement for Olivier Giroud.

Finally, as far as the set-price players go, Viktor Gyökeres is the most expensive as Sporting landed on a €100m release clause when they signed him. He has 36 goals and 14 assists this season, attracting the interest of several big clubs. He could probably leave for less than the release clause, but it won’t be far off.

Moving on to the unknowns, or the wildcards if you like, Jonathan David had a tough start to the season with Lille but has since recovered. He now has 22 goals and 7 assists in all competitions, but his contract will expire in 2025 and this has inevitably lowered his price tag. For around €30m, Milan could likely sign him.

Santiago Gimenez has impressed a lot with Feyenoord, currently on 24 goals and 5 assists, but he plays in a less prominent league and this is also reflected in the price tag. He has also just scored four goals since the start of the year, which could reduce the price tag further. Perhaps even cheaper than David.

Tags AC Milan Benjamin Sesko Jonathan David Joshau Zirkzee Santiago Gimenez Viktor Gyökeres


  1. If we could get Gyökeres for €80m, it’s worth it. It would deplete almost all of our budget, but that’s the one position we’ve desperately needed for years. If we could then use the rest on a decent DM, it would be a really successful window.

  2. I think jonathan david for 30 mil with that form is a really good deal.At the age of 24 he can also be better he will be in his prime in 3-5 years

  3. Zirkzee should be the n1 choice. He can step in right away and contribute and still has a lot of room for improvement. Knows the league and especially if he comes in with Motta the transition will be seamless.
    Sesko has the highest ceiling but you will have to be patient with him. He isn’t ready to be a starter every week yet.
    Gyokeres IMO is not an option. Teams from Portugal ask way too much money for their players and not many strikers that made their name in that league panned out at better leagues. The numbers from that league are deceiving. That being said Milan should absolutely try and snap up Rafa Silva from Benfica on a free transfer. He can play all over the front line and as a 10. He would be a great addition to come off the bench and change games.
    David should be a last resort option and for around the same 15 mil that Milan paid for Okafor. None of this 30 mil nonsense.
    Locca from Udinese should be signed as a backup if Giroud and Jovic are not kept. He is a true n9 and his size can change games. I think he is on loan at Udinese from Pisa and wont cost much. Better player than Colombo.

  4. If certain media are already writing that our budget for next season is 30 or 35 million + earnings from sold players, we can quite realistically calculate what caliber of striker can wear the Milan jersey next season. I also think that it is completely unnecessary to waste words and paper on stories about players like Gyokeres or even Zirkzee when their price, due to the great interest of other clubs, will be astronomical! It is almost certain that under no circumstances Milan will pay 60 or 80 million euros for an individual player! We will have to look elsewhere for our winner !

  5. Zirkzee should be first choice then Sesko. But both will likely be deemed too expensive for our frugal owners. 40M for Zirkzee is not going to happen. Try. 50-60M. Bayern aren’t stupid nor cheap – they can buy him back for 40M and resell him for 60m or simply keep him as the heir apparent to Kane. Sesko will not go for cheap either annd I don’t believe we will spend 40-50M on ANY ONE player. That is not the Redbird “moneyball” policy. Other issue is salary. Are we going to low ball and/orget outbid by higher offers? Most likely. We aren’t even in the same ballpark for Gyokeres and Sporting do not give discounts. So it’s likely David or Gimennez because both are significantly cheaper at 30M or under. Neither is convincing – but I’d gamble on Gimennez. Neither is worth 30M IMO.

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