May 27, 2024

Milan’s strategy for the 2024-25 attacking lineup involves a shuffle in personnel: some will leave, some will stay, and new faces will likely arrive. Despite being the second-highest scorers in Serie A this season, the club is poised for significant changes in its offensive roster this summer.

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According to reports from SempreMilan.it, Olivier Giroud is set to depart for Los Angeles FC in the MLS, prompting Milan’s transfer team to focus on acquiring a new number nine. Even if Giroud weren’t leaving, it’s likely Milan would seek this investment.

At the forefront of their target list is Joshua Zirkzee of Bologna, considered an ideal fit for Milan’s attacking setup due to his readiness for Serie A and compatibility with players like Rafael Leao and Christian Pulisic. However, securing Zirkzee may require a substantial investment of around €50m, comparable to other sought-after profiles.

Alternatives such as Benjamins Sesko and Santiago Gimenez are also being considered, though Sporting CP’s Viktor Gyokeres seems out of reach due to his high price tag.

Regarding current squad members, Giroud’s departure opens opportunities for Luka Jovic and Noah Okafor, particularly as impactful substitutes given Milan’s record of goals from the bench. Despite uncertainties, both Jovic and Okafor are likely to remain due to their effectiveness in this role and reasonable wages.

In terms of young talents, Milan is keen to retain promising striker Camarda, despite interest from top clubs like Manchester City and Manchester United. However, due to post-Brexit regulations, he won’t be eligible to play in the Premier League until he turns 18, giving Milan an advantage in negotiations.

Conversely, Lorenzo Colombo’s loan spell at Monza hasn’t been as fruitful, and his future with Milan remains uncertain, potentially leading to another loan or a permanent move elsewhere.

Rafael Leao, Christian Pulisic, and Samuel Chukwueze are expected to stay, with Leao being a key figure in Milan’s attack and Pulisic’s father expressing contentment with the club. Chukwueze’s recent form has reassured his place despite earlier doubts.

Additionally, the return of loanee Luka Romero will be evaluated, while Okafor is likely to continue as Leao’s backup rather than investing in a new left winger.

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