AC Milan will have to make some decisions regarding their attacking department in the coming weeks, and part of that will almost certainly involve an investment in a new striker.
Matteo Moretto writes for SOSFanta that there is another factor which adds a complication to the planning: the fate of Olivier Giroud (10 goals in 17 Serie A games) is still uncertain at the moment.
He is still performing at a high level at the age of 37 but his deal expires at the end of the season add and a renewal with the Rossoneri is not at all certain because Giroud is tempted by a new experience outside Europe, perhaps the MLS.
Milan will most likely need a new striker, and Joshua Zirkzee is also among the names on the list as per Moretto. If you read our site regularly this should not be a surprise given our exclusive a couple of months ago, which stated that Milan are scouting him.
There is a detail that will obviously be considered over the next few months, that is when Milan and Bologna will talk about the future of Alexis Saelemaekers, on loan at the Rossoblu with an option to buy.
The Belgian winger can be bought permanently by Bologna at the end of the season and his ‘evaluation’ could have an impact on the Zirkzee deal, which is likely to cost around €40m at present.
Zirkzee will not be an easy target at all, given there are already many Premier League clubs following him and Bayern Munich are also monitoring him given they have a favourable clause.
Geoffrey Moncada attended Bologna-Genoa on 5 January for other reasons, not for Zirkee, because a lot is already known about him.
Milan will make an attempt, while the Dutch forward’s future is not linked to that of head coach Thiago Motta contrary to what Di Marzio reported. In addition to Zirkzee there are also other profiles monitored by the Rossoneri.