Pioli: Milan have ‘complete’ attacking department; ‘see what can happen’ regarding centre-backs

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has confirmed that he is ‘happy’ with his current attacking options despite the swirling transfer speculation.

The Rossoneri have welcomed the signings of Brahim Diaz, Sandro Tonali and Ciprian Tatarusanu as well as having secured the renewal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a permanent deal for Ante Rebic.

Despite this, there is still an abundance of speculation suggesting that the management are looking to add the finishing touches to the squad with a number of targets being strongly linked, such as Fiorentina duo Federico Chiesa and Nikola Milenkovic, for example.

Pioli spoke to the media at Casa Milan (via MilanNews) ahead of Thursday’s trip to face Shamrock Rovers in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

He was asked about Lorenzo Colombo’s situation and whether he will be Ibrahimovic’s deputy for the season, amid rumours that the club are still looking to sign a back-up striker to ease the pressure on the Swede and the youngster.

“In Italy we are a bit strange, when we don’t give space to young people we blame the clubs, when we find promising young people we look for other deputies,” he said.

“I think I’m complete in the forward positions, tomorrow we will have some problems in the absence of Rebic and Leao. Rebic can be the alternative, Leao can play on the left or as a second striker.”

Pioli also spoke to DAZN about another area that Milan are apparently keen on strengthening: the centre-back department.

“At the moment the injuries of Romagnoli and Musacchio limit our choices, I hope to have Duarte back for the first league game, then we’ll see what can happen.”

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