AC Milan and Inter will soon contest a derby on the field at San Siro, but away from the pitch they are also focusing on the same objective for next summer.
This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) reports that Milan and Inter will compete for Jonathan David next summer, the Lille forward who scored 26 goals in 40 matches last season across league and cup.
David’s is a profile that greatly intrigues both the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri managements, and while there could be competition from other Italian clubs plus Premier League sides, he could end up on one side of the Navigli.
Inter thought about signing David after Romelu Lukaku said no, but the budget of €40m remaining meant that they could not reach the asking price for the Canada international, so they chose to sign Marko Arnautovic for €10m and Benjamin Pavard for €30m.
In the summer of 2024 they could relaunch, but first Beppe Marotta and co. will have to decide what to do with Alexis Sánchez and Arnautovic, while offers could arrive for Lautaro Martínez and/or Marcus Thuram too.
It is clear that to sign a player like David – whose cost will still be high even if the contract expires in June 2025 – Inter will have to cash in on a sale given their economic difficulties in general.
Meanwhile, Milan decided to opt for the last-minute solution of Luka Jović on deadline day but they are still missing a striker to whom they can entrust the starting role in the years to come.
Olivier Giroud must soon be reduced to a back-up role (or he could leave next summer) so Milan’s primary focus in the 2024 summer mercato will most likely be a centre-forward.
Geoffrey Moncada is a big admirer of David and they tried for him in the window that has just closed, but baulked at the €60-70m asking price. Having excellent relations with Lille can help Milan, who will rely to try to obtain an ‘advantageous’ price.