Sky: Colombo keen on loan move despite Milan’s willingness to keep him

By Isak Möller -

Lorenzo Colombo returned from his loan spell at Lecce earlier this summer and has since been working with the first team as normal. However, despite AC Milan’s willingness to keep him, the youngster would like a new loan. 

In the last few weeks, reports have suggested that Milan could keep Colombo as the third-choice striker for the upcoming season. Stefano Pioli likes what he has seen in the pre-season so far, but the youngster himself isn’t as keen.

According to Sky Italia, as cited by Francesco Nasato, Colombo would like to move on loan to ensure consistent playing time. It remains to be seen how Milan will respond to this as depth-wise, they could really use him.

Participating in three competitions, the Rossoneri will need good depth and Colombo will certainly get chances to play. Of course, though, both Olivier Giroud and Noah Okafor are ahead of him in the pecking order.

Milan will take on Monza this evening and Colombo could perhaps make an appearance off the bench.

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  1. It is the best solution for all parts to let him go
    If not its failure for and for acmilan
    It is absolute to leaf

    1. There is only one spot for 5 players (Origi, Adli, CDK, Messias, Ballo Toure). That’s assuming that we don’t want to offload all five, and get another not-Italian player.

      I understand that people might say that he can do better this year, but he had a lot of chances last year and excluding the game with Monza, showed very little.

      I don’t think he wants to stay at Milan, but at the same time he knows that after last year, he might not get the same salary anywhere else (and it’s gonna be the last big contract of his career).
      The problem is also that if you send him on loan to a non-italian team, we’d have to pay back taxes for his last year salary since he was in Italy only one year (need to be at least two consecutive years for the tax reduction)

      I didn’t think he would be a great goalscorer but after the game with Liverpool I thought he’d do at least as good as Giroud. In that game, he scored a goal and Tomori suffered him tremendously (unlike the first game where he wasn’t starting).
      There are chances that he might turn things around and be a lot better this year, but he’s not a kid anymore. At 28, he should know better than to waste a full year and barely show up in games.

  2. I agree. Let him leave on loan. If we cannot find somewhere for Origi he might very well be a good third. Origi is motivated. In any case we should bulk up Lazetic, he has the frame, and although he didn’t impress on loan he can learn from Giroud. We can also play Pulisic in a false nine. Or in the case Origi and Lazetic leaves we can go for a young promising striker. Also I’m in favour of giving Caldara a shot as a centre back, maybe even agree something with him contract wise if he redeems himself.

  3. Can’t force a player to stay if they want to leave on loan. He has shown much in preseason.

    I just don’t know who we can really go and sign. Maybe they have someone in mind unexpected. And Origi is definitely not part of this squad and is frozen out.

    1. Can’t force a player to stay if they want to leave and you also can’t force a player to leave if he wants to stay (Origi) unfortunately. Goes both ways.

      I’d rather go in the season with Giroud Okafor and Origi than Giroud Okafor and Columbo. We missed out on Veliz which was a big mistake IMO especially for a reasonable fee (15m)? But it is what it is. Okafor is not a true #9 – he can play there in a pinch but not game after game when Giroud gets injured or fatigued – and he def will at 37yrs of age. So we def need a striker and if we don’t get one I’d rather have the experienced Origi than the slow footed green Columbo leading the line. Neither are ideal but management has chosen to role the dice and not invest in a striker this summer so it is what it is.

      Columbo needs PT period. I personally don’t think he will develop into anything more than a 3rd choice striker in a big club or maybe a starter on a minnow team. I think the best he becomes is a Desteo or Borriello type – fine for small clubs but not good enough for big clubs. He just doesn’t have the top end speed, touch or finishing ability to be elite. Loan him out and get a replacement if we can.

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