AC Milan are in search of an attacking midfielder for next season. Stefano Pioli’s side lacking a playmaking presence behind the attacking line after the exit of Hakan Calhanoglu. The 27-year-old Turkish attacking midfielder switched his play to the rival side Inter Milan for a three-year contract.
Calhanoglu was the reliable option in the centre-circle for Milan since his arrival in 2017. He was a free agent this summer after the four years of relationship with Rossoneri. Milan are looking for more possession of the ball behind the attacking line. And, an option above the standards of a no.10 would be ideal.
Although, they have got a fine attacking line for new challenges. After qualifying for the Champions League group stages, Milan are finding new solutions to their problems from the summer transfer window.
They have signed the French attacking ace Olivier Giroud from Chelsea. Giroud will sharpen the current attacking line leading by the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Also, the return of the Spanish forward Brahim Diaz on loan from Real Madrid added more pace to the frontline of Pioli.
Meanwhile, Milan got a bunch of profiles for the position and they are working on the options. The summer transfer window will nominate the perfect candidate for the position after speculating the financial outfit. (Sources)
The profiles for AC Milan:
The Moroccan attacking midfielder of Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech is the first nomination for AC Milan. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel got mixed feelings for the player. And there are rumors regarding his exit from Stamford Bridge this season.
Also, the smooth diplomacy between Chelsea and AC Milan will push the club to go for Ziyech. But that will depend if Tuchel excludes the player from his tactics for next season. Meanwhile, the stunning hat-trick of the player in the pre-season fixture remains a question for Tuchel.
There are two options from Spain. The La Liga giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona got additional attacking midfielders within the squad. The Brazilian playmaker Phillipe Coutinho is out of favor in Camp Nou after the arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.
He will be a right fit for the Italians. Also, it is beneficial for the Brazilian to find more playing minutes. Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s Spanish option Isco can be an alternative for Coutinho. The departure of Zinedine Zidane from Madrid will make things worse for Isco. Carlo Ancelotti’s game plan is not clear as of now.
The Croatian winger Nikola Vlasic is another major prospect. The 23-year-old is currently playing for CSKA Moscow and he is interested in the role. But, the Moscow giants are not likely to leave the player. They got high demand in terms of loan fee.
Meanwhile, Stefano Pioli got a few more profiles on the wishlist. De Ketelaere of Club Brugge, Ilicic of Atalanta and Sabitzer of RB Leipzig are the options to consider this summer. The transfer window will analyze the financial outfit of these options and Milan can make a decision as per the availability of the cash.
Although, they are focusing on the ambitious stage of the Champions League. They are back in action in the Elite competition of Europe. And the weightage for the domestic fight remains on the top for the Rossoneri after the rivals from the town crowned the Champions of Italy last season.