Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s impact on Milan has been marked, especially from a psychological point of view.
As Tuttosport notes on Friday (via MilanNews), the Rossoneri have gone up a gear since his arrival and lots of players have seen their form take a dramatic upwards turn, such as Hakan Calhanoglu, Franck Kessie and Ante Rebic.
However, at the end of the season – barring surprises – the Swede will say goodbye to Milan for the final time, and the task becomes finding a new leader.
There aren’t many players like Ibra around; players with his charisma and his ability to be decisive on the pitch. Milan will therefore have to look for an attacker on the market who does not succumb to the weight of the his legacy.
In the last few weeks, there have been several strikers linked with Milan, but the names so far are not exactly big stars.
Arkadiusz Milik of Napoli, for example, knows Italian football very well and could guarantee a good number of goals, but Juventus are also keen and could put together a more attractive offer.
Luka Jovic has also been linked, but his asking price (€50million) and the high salary he is requesting (€5m per season) provides two substantial obstacles.
In the last few days there has also been a lot of talk about Patrick Schick, a player whom Rangnick knows well, but again the fact remains that replacing Ibrahimovic will not be easy at all.