GIAMPAOLO PAZZINI could be given a start already on his Milan debut, against his former side ‘Doria.
The official announcement will only arrive later today (Wednesday) but Pazzini can already be considered a player of Milan. Pazzini arrives in exchange for Antonio Cassano (and €7 million) who now joins Inter.
Pazzini has already passed all the medical check-ups yesterday and already said he’s very happy to join Milan. Riccardo Montolivo publicly welcomed him while other players called him or sent him a message.
Giampaolo gives Milan one of the things that they are lacking – a true No. 9 striker (although this number is occupied by Alexandre Pato and Pazzini will be wearing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s old #11 instead). According to today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, coach Massimiliano Allegri could start Pazzini against U.C. Sampdoria.
Milan open the season against Pazzini’s former side for which he scored 48 goals in 87 appearances. Robinho could be dropped from the line-up despite his excellent performances of late with Kevin-Prince Boateng starting behind Alexandre Pato in Pazzini in a 4-3-1-2. Another option for Allegri is to change the system to 4-3-3 with Robinho and Pato in the wings and Pazzini playing in the middle waiting for service.
Pazzini, who will earn €2.8 million for three seasons at Milan, will have his first training session in red & black later today. Whether Pazzini starts against Sampdoria or not depends on his current fitness.