Alvaro Morata seemed like the top target for the Milan attack but something apparently changed after the Champions League final, as the eyes are reportedly now on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
After officially signing Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessié, and securing the services Ricardo Rodriguez (and also Lucas Biglia according to some reports), Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli are now focusing on getting a striker to lead the front-line of coach Vincenzo Montella.
Before the Champions League final on Saturday, in which Real Madrid defeated Juventus 4-1 to win the trophy for the second consecutive year, Fassone confirmed that the Blancos’ striker Alvaro Morata is a player Milan ‘like’.
However, after the match, the 24-year-old ex-Vecchia Signora man, who scored 20 goals in the past season, said that “I certainly won’t be in Italy [next season]. I like Italy, but I am happy here. Madrid is my team and my city. I always said Juve is my second home. You never know.”
According to Sky Italia, due to those statements and the understanding that bringing Morata will be more difficult than they thought, Milan have decided – at least for the time being – to freeze their interest in the Spaniard. The planned blitz of Fassone and Mirabelli in Madrid has been put in standby and some of the actions that Milan planned on doing in the next 48 hours have been cancelled.
Sky claims that Morata remains at the top of the list of Milan, but the deal is going slow. Mediaset’s Carlo Pellegatti meanwhile claims that the Rossoneri were ‘irritated’ by Morata’s words after the final, and are now dropping the interest in him – despite the fact that they seemed ready for a ‘final assault’ after working on this angle for five months, and having Montella talk directly to the player.
Pellegatti claims that the first alternative to Morata is Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese, who will turn 28 later this month, spent several years during his youth at Milan, and Fassone and Mirabelli would like to see him coming back through the front door.
FIFA agent Giacomo Petralito is said to be willing to help Milan intensify the contacts with Aubameyang and try to bring down his salary request from €10m to €8m, which is the amount they are also willing to offer Morata. Auba is also wanted by PSG but Mediaset claims that he’s not convinced of this option due to the presence of Edinson Cavani who is the Parisian’s main striker.
The newspapers are also linking Milan with a move for Andrea Belotti but for now he’s not considered a top target, but only an alternative should the chase after Morata and Aubameyang fail. Torino are asking a very high price (close to €100m) for the 24-year-old striker, who’s known to be a Milanista.
Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé and Porto’s André Silva are also mentioned as targets and Milan have made inquiries for them but Mediaset believes that like Belotti they are just secondary targets.