AC Milan now pushing hard to complete €40m January deal for super-forward likened to Giroud

Stefano Pioli faces a choice about the starting striker for the Fiorentina match, while the management is actively seeking the right center-forward for the team’s future, possibly by January. The concern revolves around Olivier Giroud’s inability to shoulder the entire load alone, with an injury potentially causing significant issues. Therefore, the directors are exploring various options to secure a permanent or loan deal within the next two months.

The ideal candidate they’re seeking is a No.9 possessing physical prowess, differing from Giroud in characteristics, and most importantly, a consistent goal scorer. Jonathan David appears to check all the necessary boxes on paper: exhibiting quality, diverse traits from Giroud, and a track record of scoring, despite his current tally of two league goals and two in the Conference League. Lille’s asking price of €40m might decrease, especially considering David’s contract expiring in 2025, potentially compelling Ligue 1 to entertain offers.


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While David remains a viable option, Milan is exploring alternatives. Serhou Guirassy emerges as another contender, impressing with 15 Bundesliga goals this season, although his historical goal record hasn’t exceeded 11 in a single season. Despite a tempting €17m release clause, his departure from Stuttgart is more likely in June rather than January, deterring immediate acquisition.

Akor Adams from Montpellier is the third prospect, boasting seven Ligue 1 goals this season, displaying physical prowess and a keen eye for goal, with ample room for improvement. Additionally, Matija Popovic from Partizan Belgrade is being considered more as a signing for the future.

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