AC Milan transfers: Which four positions will the Rossoneri focus on this summer?

There is a lot for AC Milan to do this summer and right now, there are four positions that clearly need to be addressed in Stefano Pioli's side. Which players are the Rossoneri looking at?

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This summer is vital for AC Milan, after the departures of Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara, the club is set for a rebuild on multiple levels. After last summer’s recruitment, the Rossoneri can only really better it this time around.

Unfortunately for Milan’s higher-ups, there isn’t one set position that needs improvement. It’s several. That being said, the club seems to have identified this early on and will look to add quality to these areas, whilst enhancing the depth of the squad, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

For the fans, things are souring gradually. The departures of Maldini and Massara were met with angst, the upcoming departure of Sandro Tonali to Newcastle United is causing further unrest, and the news of Marcus Thuram’s choice to join Inter, of all clubs, is only further adding to this. It is therefore vital, alongside the on-the-pitch importance of this window, that it goes towards mending the relationship with the fans.

AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali delivers a corner against Napoli. [@acmilan]

AC Milan looking at strikers

The primary target was, of course, Marcus Thuram. The Frenchman offered superb value for money, given his contract with Borussia Monchengladbach expires at the end of this month. With the striker choosing the club’s city rivals, the Rossoneri will now have to look elsewhere.

The focus now turns to at least three candidates, the first being Alvaro Morata. The Rossoneri have had an interest in the Spaniard for a prolonged period of time, and there is an appreciation for the striker’s skillset and for how he could complement Olivier Giroud. Although he is set to sign a new deal with Atletico Madrid, he would be available on loan this summer.

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram (@Borussia)

Milan will also look to England for other potential signings. The first is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is well-known in Milan for obvious reasons and the Rossoneri are probably the last team that would be expected to be interested in the 30-year-old. However, the interest is concrete and the club are even willing to buy the striker outright for a fee of around €40 million, although the Belgian is believed to be uninterested in the move.

The club also holds an interest in Gianluca Scamacca as the West Ham United striker is out of favour for David Moyes, and it seems as though a deal could be struck. That being said, he isn’t considered a primary target as of now.

Replacing Brahim Diaz

The club are already close to signing their first target, Daichi Kamada, but they are awaiting small details involving agent registrations in Italy before the deal is finalised. Given the current situation with the fanbase and the precedent that this window has set so far, this is a deal that needs to be completed sooner rather than later. For Milan, it needs to be finalised, not just another that got away.

In addition to the acquisition of Kamada, the club are infatuated with Arda Guler. The 18-year-old is currently one of the hottest names in European football, with most of Europe’s elite eyeing up a move for the starlet. Fenerbache would ideally keep the youngster for another year, however, his €17.5m release clause makes it likely he will depart, with Milan hoping that they will be the ones to make the trequartista fall in love with their project.

The right side of AC Milan’s attack

On the left, Milan have a long-term assurance in Rafael Leao, but the story on the right is very different. For some time now, there has been a cycle of players that are not up to the standard that the club need to strengthen their squad, so investment must be made.

Talks of Christian Pulisic have developed quickly, with Stefano Piolo keen to bring the player to the club given his history of interest in the American. The clubs may come to a halt in negotiations as Chelsea are unwilling to let the American go for less than €25m, yet the Rossoneri only want to spend €15m.

Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze. [@VillarrealCF]

The other big name of interest is Samuel Chukwueze, again the club has had an interest in the player for a long period of time, and with the Nigerian’s contract expiring in the summer of 2024, they would like to strike a deal that is good for all parties. Although the 24-year-old would gladly join the club, Villarreal are staying firm on their asking price of €30m, a fee that ultimately, Milan won’t pay given the contract situation.

Failing to make deals for either of the above, the Diavolo will look to Jeremy Doku from Stade Rennais or even Gustav Isaksen who plays for Midtjylland.

Filling the hole that Tonali will leave

Milan need to replace the departing Tonali wisely, as opposed to plastering over cracks, meaning that whilst there is the knowledge that the aforementioned Kamada is an option to play deeper in the ‘8’ as opposed to his natural ’10’ position, the club needs a natural deeper midfielder.

Davide Frattesi celebrates. (Photo: US Sassuolo)

Knowing this, the Rossoneri have entered the race to sign Davide Frattesi. They will again have to battle Inter for this signing, however, the club believes they can ‘level scores’ as such by winning the battle for the 23-year-old. The €40m price tag could be lowered given Sassuolo’s interest in Lorenzo Colombo, who could be brought into the deal, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s recent reports.

The other prominent name on the wishlist is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been of interest to the club for some time. It seems that the deal with Chelsea is now done for around €15m and only the formalities remain.

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