Carlo Pellegatti has suggested that AC Milan could well try to sign Hugo Ekitike from tonight’s opponents Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window.
Milan were linked with moves for a number of different centre-forwards during the summer transfer window from Mehdi Taremi of Porto to Armando Broja of Chelsea, and Ekitike is one of the names that was mentioned frequently.
In the end a late move for Taremi fell apart and with the absence of alternatives they could get over the line quickly, the management decided to sign Luka Jovic on a free transfer from Fiorentina.
Jovic is yet to make any contribution in the goal tally while he works to get back into form and fitness, with the club expected to invest in a new striker next summer.
Pellegatti spoke about the issue surrounding the No.9 role for Milan in his latest column for MilanNews and he suggested that Ekitike – who has just one league appearance for PSG this season – could come back into fashion.
“Reading Tuesday morning’s article in La Gazzetta dello Sport on this topic, it seems like we can discover the real thoughts of the AC Milan coach,” he began.
“Certainly happy with some aspects of Leao’s game, but much more demanding on his presence in the area, as a sixteen meter killer, and also on shots from the edge. The escapes, although spectacular, closed by crosses, are no longer sufficient.
“We need his goals, his presence there, at the height of the tension. Without forgetting the primary need to finally purchase a strong centre-forward. Even in January if Jovic’s performance in front of goal continues to be this. An idea? Ekitike on loan, who is out of PSG’s plans.”