CM: Castillejo’s sale could result in new playmaker arriving – the targets from Faivre to Ziyech

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are looking into the possibility of signing a new attacking midfielder in January to give Stefano Pioli an alternative to Brahim Diaz, a report claims. report that Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara made several attempts to sign a new playmaker during the summer with Jesus Corona of Porto, Romain Faivre of Brest, Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea and Aleksey Miranchuk of Atalanta all targeted, but in the end Junior Messias arrived.

The priority for January is a central defender who can replace the injured Kjaer, but something could happen in the attack too as Samu Castillejo may leave. A new signing would be needed in that case and Faivre is the first choice target.

He has 7 goals and 5 assists in the league after his collapsed summer move to Milan. Contacts with Brest are frequent, as are those with his agents, who have put Milan at the top of the list. Another name appreciated by the Rossoneri management is Ziyech, but on this front the chances are low.

The Moroccan is not Tuchel’s first choice at Chelsea but he is a concrete target for Borussia Dortmund, who can fund the move with the money from Haaland’s sale.

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Tags AC Milan Hakim Ziyech Romain Faivre


  1. The usual story. We are not satisfied with the players we have and sell them. Then, after a few weeks, we are as dissatisfied as ever.

  2. Castillejo is just average at everything in attack. His 1v1 game is below average. Krunic cannot create anything dangerous or unexpected.The entire stadium knows what his plans are before he executes them. Hard working player,but that’s about it. It is worth pulling off the Fairve move.

    1. True that Castillejo is “just average”. But what does it say that Castillejo is still maybe the best winger we have at the moment. And he’s on the bench while even worse players play. Now how funnyt is that? Not funny at all.

  3. Sami is simply not good enough for the RW in Milan and krunic is not a great playmaker and considering we don’t like spending over 25$ million faivre is the buy for January and try to loan botman out for option to buy and a striker.

  4. Those that think Faivre is quality will be sorely disappointed

    Faivre is good in a fight for 4th spot in a league. Better to save that 15m for him for some quality striker.

    We dont have quality right winger? Adapt the system then.

    I already hear a lot how Pobega does not fit to 4321 (nor Adli in my opinion) so maybe adapt the system? We also dont have decent ACM and good ones are expensive. We have great fullbacks though

    1. No offense pal but you obviously have not watched Faivre play for his league nor national team lol. Faivre for RW for 15M is a bargain. Read the reports, check his stats, watch his games. The kid is a difference maker who can break the lines and score goals – 2nd highest rated player in Ligue 1 in offensive zone attacks in that regard. Get your facts straight my friend and don’t bash this player. We should be so lucky so buy Faivre for 15M. Adapt the system means you need players that fit it. You want us to switch to a 3-5-2 – with who as our back 3??? Romagnoli and Gabbia? LOL Please. Tomori will lose his mind. Adil is our future CAM – nobody is questioning that. And Poegba a DM if we don’t sell him first. Who are our 2 strikers in a 5-3-2? Ibra and Giroud? Ya good luck with that. Leao isn’t a striker he’s a winger same w Rebic. So we going to sell them as well? Not sure a 5-3-2 with the players we currently have are suitable IMO. Sign KAMARA and FAIVRE in January- CB and Striker in summer IMO.

      1. Its Adli not Adil, fact guy

        Faivre highest rated? I dont care what you see at whoscored or other portals. He aint that good.
        And the way you spoke about NT – you see this guy in french team at world cup? What a joke.

        Yes, for 352 you need a good CB. A lot will be cheap in summer as their contracts end up in ’23.
        Other point. Leao played closer to Zlatan last season and can play as season striker.

        My solution: get the best of Theo, sign Belotti and Nketiah for free, Bremer in the summer for 20 – we need another CB anyway.

        Yours – spend 15 for Faivre then search for cheap young and proven ACM – none on the market.
        And still have problems in the attack as only Rebic really shines in this system.
        Then with about 1m left try and sign a good centre back.

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