There are some worrying reports circulating if you are Milanisti ahead of the 2015-16 season. Mattia Destro and Giampaolo Pazzini look set to leave the club, and teams such as Liverpool and Monaco are lining up bids for top scorer Jérémy Ménez.
Fernando Torres is away at Atletico Madrid until summer 2016, and while Alessandro Matri returns in June it is tough to imagine him as a part of long term plans.
As a consequence of this theoretical revolving-door situation surrounding the Rossoneri, the club has also been linked with a host of potential transfer targets to replace the production. In no particular order, I have produced a brief fact file for the five targets Milan should be casting an eye over in the coming weeks.
1. Zlatan Ibrahimović
The big Swede is probably at this moment in time the most discussed of the five I will be listing, and although his agent Mino Raiola has said the chances of him returning to Milan are “virtually impossible”, we all remember the time he said Zlatan would be staying at Milan and Mario Balotelli would not be joining back in 2013.
In terms of leadership of the forward line, it is exactly what Ibra brings to the table, and he has been a consistent producer just about everywhere he has been. Boasting good goal scoring records in Holland, Italy, Spain and now France, it appears that Zlatan is ageing like a fine wine, and still has plenty left in the tank.
His first spell in Milan was a memorable one for all the right reason. In his first season in 2010-11, he scored 14 in 29 on loan from Barcelona, but notched 13 assists in his most productive season to date. The following season he amassed 28 goals in 32 appearances, and was the focal point of a lethal attack that saw glory return to the Rossoneri.
But bringing Zlatan back will not be easy and although he has hinted at being open to a return, his wages are a major stumbling block. Ibra is owed €15million this year alone, and while it may not be difficult to agree a transfer fee, he would need to take a substantial pay cut to even be considered an option.
Keep an eye on this situation, but I feel this is more hope than expectation.
2. Radamel Falcao
Another high-end target for the Red and Black includes Colombian striker Falcao, who has struggled at Manchester United, scoring just 4 goals in 25 appearances on loan from Monaco.
The 5ft10” forward will most likely be returning to Monaco in the summer with United not exercising their right to buy for a fee of £43.2million. With the signing of Memphis Depay, it appears Radamel is surplus to requirements in Manchester, but Monaco are looking to offload him nonetheless to cut their wage budget.
Scoring 41 in 51 for Porto as well as 52 in 68 at Atletico, he has a habit of taking teams to the Champions League, which is exactly what Milan need. Prolific and opportunistic when on top of his game, many feel the Serie A is yet another league he can conquer.
El Tigre’s mother has said he is not happy with being left on the bench, so this move could make sense for him, and Galliani should be able to negotiate a cut-price fee, with wages again being the only hinderance but Doyen Sport, who are expected to be Milan’s transfer advisors regardless of what happens with the future of club, could help as they represent the striker.
This transfer could become a lot more likely if Ménez departs for Monaco, with Jérémy possibly used as a part-exchange, or at the very least an influencing factor on Falcao’s destination.
3. Ciro Immobile
Widely regarded as a ‘flop’ having signed for Borussia Dortmund last summer, Immobile will be looking for a fresh start and pastures new come the summer. A move that looked good for him hasn’t really come to fruition, scoring just three goals in the Bundesliga in over 20 appearances.
Enjoying great spells at Pescara in 2011-12, scoring 28 in 37, and most notably Torino, where he scored 22 in 33, winning the Capocannoniere (Golden Boot), marking the first time since 1977 that a Torino player had won the award.
A controversial transfer to Dortmund ensued, in which Torino and Juventus’ co-ownership agreement wasn’t resolved and the Torino President Urbano Cairo accused Juve of violating FIFA transfer regulation.
Perhaps this affected the player, and he just hasn’t settled into Germany fully, despite scoring four Champions League goals this campaign. Immobile should be open to a move back to Italy, but Borussia will probably want to redeem the transfer fee or make a very minimal loss on their €24million fee.
Will Milan rise to that kind of asking price? It remains to be seen, but he could become a very useful asset to the team.
4. Gabriel Barbosa
The Brazilian wonder-kid Gabriel Barbosa has made a name for himself as a target for teams such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Making his debut at 16 years of age, Barbosa already has nine goals for Santos despite being just 18. His growing reputation earned him a call-up to the Brazil U20s squad last year, and since he has netted 4 in 12 for the young yellows.
Another season may do his development good, but the thing that really boosts Milan’s chances of securing his signature is the departure of Robinho, freeing him to sign with Santos for no fee. Such an occurrence will make the Brazilian club look at any transfer offer from Milan in a better light, but they will still command a serious fee with the wealth of teams interested.
Don’t expect him to slot straight in and score 20 goals a season, as he will need a season or two to adjust, but that shouldn’t detract from the excitement of being linked with a player like Gabriel, a real promising talent.
5. Christian Benteke
This one is perhaps the most unrealistic and a bit of a wild-card (I had to make this controversial somehow!), but if the rumours are true, Milan have made enquiries about the Belgian striker, along with Roma.
A powerful, fierce striker with pace and strength, he has been something of a revelation for Aston Villa. Netting 41 goals in just 87 appearances for the Villains, Benteke has attracted lots of interest and this could be the time that Villa cash in on their prized asset.
The asking price is apparently £30 million, something which could price the Rosseneri out, and without a takeover it is difficult to see that kind of money being spent. Plus, Christian Benteke would have a right to demand superstar wages to tempt him away.
Serie A could be a league where he has great success, as his physicality means he should be involved in the play constantly, but there are worries about his injury records which should be reflected in the price.
To reiterate, this one is unlikely, but who knows, it could just happen as developments move forward.
Furthermore, it would be wrong to dismiss the possibility that players such as M’baye Niang (although primarily a winger at Milan) could come back and make an impact. The Frenchman has five goals and three assists at Genoa, where he has spent the second half of the season.
Everyone across the spectrum of Milanisti supporters seems to have different opinions on who would be the ideal target, but one thing is for sure it is tough to deny that any of the aforementioned would be considered a major coup given the lack of Champions League football.
The sky is the limit with the bank full, and Milan is still a giant club, so there is no reason that one of the five mentioned wouldn’t be interested in a move, especially if the managerial situation results in Ancelotti or maybe even a surprise in the shape of Guardiola being appointed.
Article by Oliver Fisher
I would still consider Destro, with cut price ofcourse
I don’t think the club are going to consider Destro, which is a shame. Of course, he will be there if we do decide to pursue him.
Its because he didnt show up, but fault is not only his… You cant score if you dont have ball…
I actually think it is just bad form plus not very good team chemistry. I am not telling that Destro is the absolute right guy for the job but we will never achieve good attacking team when we keep changing the nr9 position every single year.
I dunt believe in the clubs sale so I think we should brace ourselves 4 next season.i hope u guys can cry cos it is going 2 be worse than dis season.b4 every macerto big names are brought out but at the end u wil see zaccardo, Essien, Alex n co. I think dis time around Galliani wil lead the attack
It is important not to get ahead of ourselves, but these are just simply possible targets and some rumours. Nothing set in stone. We have bigger problems to address, and none of these will happen in the current situation without selling players.
Why not try Niang as a striker and put ElSha on the left and Suso on the right? Could work perhaps!
Benteke – Niang would be kiiiiillling duo… I know its unrealistic… But i like to dream xD
I prefer Dzeko as he is an experienced proven striker who wouldn’t cost a huge amount and his wage won’t be as ridiculous as some of the options mentioned above. Falcao is not the same player since his injury and Ibra is still amazing yes but he is 33 and would still cost a fortune not forgetting his massive wage package he would want.
Every single year we are linked with new attackers, while the most important and vital signing should be in midfield and probably centre backs too… THEN can we focus on attackers… Btw, just a note, Ibra won the title in his first season with us, and the capocannoniere title in his second.
Anyways, apparently Zamparini said that both Juve and Milan had met Palermos asking price for Dybalas, but Juve met his personal terms. Surprising that we actually met his asking price for about 30 million euros!
I think the midfield is massively important this year, but if we are losing Ménez we need to fix that too! Strikers are the ones who sell tickets as well.
Thanks for the note, just a slight mental lapse there. And I agree I was surprised we offered Palermo €30mil for Dybala, but definitely can’t match the wages Juve pay. Happy to let him go, thats a lot of money for someone with one year left on his deal…
True, but thats what annoys me, they get players they think will sell shirts, and then we still end up short on the field… This wasnt a dig towards you or anything, just annoyed with the management that we have to get a new striker every season, no wonder there is no consistency and chemistry within the team! No worries, it happens to all of us. True, but its Zamparini we’re talking about… I would like Ibra though, despite my rant, as he would be a great example for the younger players, plus that he is a leader and a… Read more »
Currently our only “good positions” are GK and RB/LB Midfield needs complete reconstruction, with de jong possibly leaving (along with essien and muntari) we have no defensive midfielder.. And our current defenders need CDM.. They are not that good on itself. Out of rest midfielders Jack and honda played properly on right position can contribute very well. But still, we need one leader, just like Gattuso said, we need real men. As for strikers, if menez leaves we need at least one quality striker with high work rate… Someome like Mandzukic, who runs, helps in defense, opens up for chances..… Read more »
I hope next season is a better one Bt we should first go for good players nd
i like to dream too 😀
Gabriel Barbosa/Destro + Falcao
Gabriel barbosa would be better option amogst all those
Of course Galliani will sign either Zlatan or Falcao just to win over the hearts of some shallow fans while completely disregarding the club’s dire financial situation. The most sensible option would be Immobile or Gabigol while keeping Destro.
We can’t pay for the wages of those superstars and we need to focus on midfielders and defenders. Let’s not get emotionally blindsided by Galliani and his retarded friends.
Good article. However, I’m not 100% convinced that Ibra would stay in good form after long. Make no mistake, the man is a stone cold legend but I just have a bit of a bad feeling. I agree with the first commentors about Destro, it’s a shame that his spell with us didn’t work out, but that’s just how it goes. Like the majority of our lineup, he’s a great talent who is just not showing his full potential, be it due to bad management, coaching, poor chemistry or whatever else. I hope he gets the opportunity to grow into… Read more »
Dont push your luck guys…another bunch player will come..and not on the list
Sidney sam was sacked along with prince boateng. He is a talented left foot winger or midfielder. Lets go for him too.
We should invest in Gabigol and loan him back to Santos for 1-2 seasons for regular playing time i really think we should go all in for Niang next season i think he will be ready… my dream signing for next season is Verratti but its almost impossible for Milan to get him and i want Cuadrado at Milan we need a player like him at the right wing
We should not wait for Zlatan or think of buying him, because we should be planing for the future,Zlatan is already 33! The final targets should be Ciro and Destro if possibly Radamel and Carlos Bacca and also Ancelloti a the coach cuz its seems Acelloti will be at Milan come next season.
I think we get gabigoal loan back as some one rightly said, then pair destro and immobile or destro and dzeko
milan always played better when they have strikers with good work rate up front. zlatan is an exceptional talent , but i would prefer one with better work rate
I dont want ANY new players. I just want galliani GONE!
IF i could choose between either signing c.ronaldo and sacking galliani i wouldnt even hesitate!
Galliani being SACKED is the best thing that could happen to milan in 8 years time!!
I dont want see his disgusting face and his son which his bringing all the time anymore.
Main cause of problems is GALLIANI
But we still own Matri, a CL finalist (at least). But seriously, aren’t we even considering getting Niang back?
Ibra is unrealistic, even discussing it is delusional for 3 reasons…1, paying his wages would be counterproductive…2, Ibra is a competitor, we have no European football to offer him…3, most importantly, Galliani already violated Ibras trust. Falcao is also unrealistic for most of the same reasons, unless hes simply sick of the epl, and has an emotional attachment to Milan. Gabigol would be my choice, and hes probably the cheapest option. Maybe bring in Gabigol and Immobile. Either way, our focus should be on getting rid of our dead weight, ALL OF IT, we need to reduce roster size while… Read more »
Ok lets start off with who to sell first off the captain Montolivo, Essien, Muntari, Bonera, Zaccardo, Mexes, Pazzini.. ok now keep all loanees except Matri, who they should go for? well first keep Destro he will be better if he would just get the ball from greedy Menez they should take Barbosa from santos i mean if we giving Robinho for free we should get the young guy and also Mitrovic it would be nice to play with 2 strikers again this 433 formation is killing milan and the third striker well im not so sure who that should… Read more »
This is a Seria A wining team:
5 RB-De Sciglio
22 RW-Gabriel Barboza
25 S-El Haddadi
Dude… You play waaay too much fifa
lmao dude he’s spent those points to buy a Financial Takeover T_T
The ironic thing about your comment is that I don’t even know what fifa games means, I’m 34 years old with 2 little kids who works all the time! When my kids go to sleep I check in the net almost all the time for new talent players, I check their stats (all I can find about the player if possible watch few videos and than I add them up to my list). Wen ever I hear a young players name I check it. I have 1 passion in life and that is football. I have 2 loves in my… Read more »
I really dont think we should waste much money on attack..if anyhing we have way too many attackers. Weshoul sell Pazzini, Menez, Honda MATRI. Replace these 4 with Destro and Zaza. Our attack would be potent and young. El shaa/Bonav—-Destro/Zaza—–Cerci/Niang Eventually, Mastour can replace an aging Cerci OUR MIDFIELD IS WHAT NEEDS DRASTIC INVESTMENT. Suso will eventually develop into a talented attack minded midfield. Muntari, Essien, Saponara and De Jong will all leave If we are going to spend any money it should all go into tempting Verratti to come. (I know its massively unlikely.) Jorginho would also be a… Read more »
From my outside perspective as a Fiorentina supporter it seems obvious that Milan’s attack is the least of your problems. In fact you’re way too top heavy. Sell Pazzini, Matri, Honda, Menez and wth the money buy Destro and Zaza. Your attack would be one of the most potent and youthful in Italy. Dont waste your money on an ageing Ibra or Falcao. El Shaa/Bona—-Desro/Zaza——Cerci/Niang Mastour can eventually replace an ageing cerci. From the matches i have watched Milan’s midfield has been shocking and needs investment far more than any other area Any money plus the money from the sales… Read more »
How Galliani could be thinking of buying players when our next coach who will decide his squad is not known yet?
All these is clear indication that the club is confused and no better future until there is change in management.
imporsible to sell Menez to any club I think menez is the man for Milan today and in the future if even IBRA returns menez is needed in the team because menez is a talented team player
i dont think menez is kind of “team player” and if Monaco/Liverpool rumour were true i dont mind he leaving us next mercato. i’d prefer keeping destro and saponara, then focused on our midfield.
I’m surprised you didn’t talk about Jackson Martinez