Telelombardia: Di Lorenzo, Lookman, Lukaku – how Conte’s Milan could look

By Oliver Fisher -

The rumours continue to swirl suggesting that Antonio Conte could become AC Milan’s next head coach, and the construction of the team under him has been hypothesised. 

Earlier in the week, Luca Momblano did a segment live on Telelombardia in which he claimed that Conte has reached a verbal agreement to take over at Milan, and since then the rumours have gone into overdrive again.

Now, the same station have hypothesised how Conte might try to put his stamp on the Milan squad, starting with a budget of €180m.

That would be financed through the €50m that Champions League qualification brings, but also the potential sales of Rafael Leao and Fikayo Tomori, who would bring in around €90m and €40m respectively.

In defence, the Italian coach would ask for a more physical and aerially dominant centre-back so the club would spend €40m to sign Alessandro Buongiorno from Torino.

In the wing-back position, he would go for Giovanni Di Lorenzo of Napoli who is said to be among the players he asked for in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and he would cost €30m.

Rodrigo de Paul of Atlético Madrid is another player Conte would like, a former target for the Rossoneri, and he would cost about €40m.

The front two would be all new, and neither Joshua Zirkee and Benjamin Šeško are included. Instead, Ademola Lookman (Atalanta, €40m) and Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, €30m) would arrive.

Conte’s Milan (3-5-2): Maignan; Kalulu, Thiaw, Buongiorno; Di Lorenzo, De Paul, Loftus-Cheek, Reijnders, Theo Hernández; Lookman, Lukaku.

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  1. Still pushing this nonsense… Conte has a lot of friends in the media trying to force this move when nobody actually wants it. The only thing worse than Conte coming would be to see Lukaku in the Red and Black. That might be enough to drive me away.

  2. I believe Thiago Motta is the way to go and Zirkzee should be AC Milan striker next season and we don’t need the erratic and egomaniac Conte in Milan whose intention of becoming AC Milan is bordered on selfishness of becoming the first manager to win with the top three Serie A teams and after achieving the feat he start with his usual tantrums of whining and complaining with eventually of leaving the team in the middle of the ocean.

    I believe the next AC Milan Manager must possess all these qualities and if all are not noticeable at the moment then such manager must have room full of potential to exhibit most of the qualities below:

    Tactical Acumen: Known for his astute tactical analysis and ability to adapt strategies based on opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.

    Man Management: Highly adept at fostering strong relationships with players, motivating them to perform at their best and fostering a cohesive team spirit.

    Strategic Planning: Masters of long-term planning, capable of envisioning team development and success over multiple seasons.

    Youth Development: Committed to nurturing young talent, focusing on the development of academy prospects and integrating them into first-team setup.

    Adaptability: Quick to adapt to changing circumstances within matches, demonstrating flexibility in formations and tactics to seize opportunities and overcome challenges.

    Analytical Skills: Possess a keen eye for detail, utilizing statistical analysis and performance metrics to identify areas for improvement and optimize team performance.

    Communication: Effective communicators both on and off the pitch, maintaining open lines of dialogue with players, staff, and club management to ensure unity and clarity of vision.

    Leadership: Natural leaders who inspire confidence and command respect, instilling a winning mentality and instigating a culture of excellence within their teams.

    Emotional Intelligence: Skilled at managing the emotional dynamics of high-pressure situations, maintaining composure and focus to guide their teams through adversity.

    Innovation: Forward-thinking manager who isn’t afraid to innovate, constantly seeking new methods and approaches to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving sport.

    I believe Thiago Motta possesses few of the qualities stated above and even has potential to exhibit even more in the future and considering the youthful project Cardinale and his cohorts are projecting with AC Milan, it will be so dumb for them to settle for Conte if innovative and smart Motta is available. I remembered Cardinale made public his admiration for Conte but business decisions made on the premises of sentimentality always end on the wrong note. Antonio Conte profile doesn’t fit AC Milan project.


  3. Further proof that they are all high at Telelombardia… There’s not a way in this physical universe that we occupy that Milan would spend 180mil for that lineup.

  4. in: Buongirno, di Lorenzo, de Paul, Lookman & Lolkaku.
    out: Tomori, Calabria, Pulisic, Leao & Giroud/Jovic.
    hahahahahaha… even my little brother who play FM as beginner not that stupid

  5. We’re 3rd under the current project. We need a striker which management refused to buy (deluded about what Giroud actually does), a #4/6 and another CB we can rely on all season.

    Why would we even consider changing course now?

  6. And Reijnder’s isn’t a 6. His whole game is built on box to box work rate. Completely wasted as a 6, especially since tackling and passing range are not things he has shown to be particularly good at.

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