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AC Milan Have Two Options To Replace Giroud As Their Top Striker In The Summer

Written By Onyeka Daniel

No doubt, AC Milan are already thinking about life after their top striker, Olivier Giroud as the Frenchman is not getting any younger (37yrs) and should have at most, one more season playing top flight football before regressing. The club have long term options to strengthen their attack with the young Francesco Camarda recently making his debut for the club at age 15.

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While moves to sign Partizan Belgrade talent Popovic is said to be at an advanced stage, the club wants to sign an immediate and ready made solution in the summer. It is for this reason that the Rossoneri have two strikers on their radar with the club expected to sign just only one of them either in January or later in the summer.

According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, Jonathan David of Lille and Serhou Guirassy, of Stuttgart are the two players in question, but they’ve different characteristics, hence the club will have decide which one of them to go for when the time comes. David needs no introduction as he singlehandedly took Canada to their first World Cup after more than thirty years in 2022 and he was the one that replaced Osimhen in Lille.


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As for Guirassy, he can be described as a late bloomer, 15 goals in 9 games in the Bundesliga, with only Harry Kane doing better with 17 goals. This is the fourth straight year with double figures for goals for the 27yrs old. He has played and scored consistently since the 2019-20 season: 13 goals with Amiens before scoring another 35 with Rennes.

Stuttgart bought him in 2021 for €15 million. Guirassy is not a build-up striker, he is not the type of attacker who comes to take the ball in the attacking midfield position, instead he attacks the space in behind and shoots. Another interesting data concerns the touches in the opponent’s penalty area, 6.78.

Certainly more than a few years ago. Guirassy has learned over time to play the No.9 role, but in the past he has also stood out as a wider player. His heat map between 2018 and 2020 tells us that he acted mainly on the left area of the field, converging towards the centre. Now he presides over the penalty area and moves into the spaces attacking the goal.

Technically he is not Giroud, and he is not even David, but he has converted 76.5% of the chances he has had. David is a different striker. He is certainly more mobile, good at playing in a two-man attack or as a centre-forward. This year he started a bit slowly, with only four goals in 18 games, but in the last five seasons he has always scored double figures.

David is more technical, making speed of execution his strong point. He scores from range, from the right, from the left and also from penalties. This is quality that he shares with Guirassy who has scored 15 penalties out of 18, while the Canadian has four misses in 23 attempts. Milan are studying both of the strikers and they could move for one of the two, they just need to figure out who serves best.

For the Stuttgart forward, he has a release clause of €17m, a relatively cheap price to pay for a player of his quality, but other clubs are also said to be interested in him. For David, he’s expected to cost between €30-€40m, a fall from the initial €60m price tag that his French club had set for him in the last transfer window.

Meanwhile…

While rumours of Antonio Conte’s return to Juventus continue to grow, Ivan Zazzaroni, editor-in-chief of Il Corriere dello Sport, claims Massimiliano Allegri wants to leave the Old Lady at the end of the season. Conte has recently opened the door to a possible comeback to the Allianz Stadium, saying: “There’s also always a possibility of getting back together.

The important thing is that there is a shared understanding of ideas and thoughts.” The former Chelsea, Inter and Tottenham boss spent three years in Turin as a coach, winning three Serie A titles before suddenly leaving one day into the 2014-15 campaign. The italian tactician left Spurs by mutual agreement in April and is not expected to take another job before the start of the 2024-25 season.

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He had held talks with Napoli in October but didn’t reach an agreement with Aurelio De Laurentiis who eventually re-hired Walter Mazzarri. Fabrizio Ravanelli, a close friend of Conte and a former teammate of the 54-year-old, told Sportmediaset: “Right now, has taken some time to stay with his family. Surely, he will return to a bench soon. I don’t know if it will be Juventus, but he will return to coaching.”

Juventus are believed to be his favourite destination even if Massimiliano Allegri has a contract until June 2025. However, according to Zazzaroni, the Livorno-born coach wants to leave the Allianz Stadium at the end of the season. “I’ve found the timing of Conte’s words inappropriate. If they had done it to him, he wouldn’t have taken it well,” said the journalist.

“Surely, somebody didn’t appreciate it. Everyone knows Conte wants to return to Juventus. He rejected Napoli because he had different ideas. “As for Allegri, he wants to leave [Juventus]. Do you think he is in the condition to stay? He will get the money and leave. That’s it. It’s normal.” There were reports that Juventus director Calvo had met Conte at Vinovo last week, and Zazzaroni seemed surprised by the news.

“I was accustomed to a Juventus were everything was closed. Nothing ever leaked from the club, but lately, everything has become public, even things that should remain private so maybe there is a desire to make a mess,” he said. “Allegri belongs to another Juventus which is no longer here. If he finishes in the top four or even gets something more, I think there would be many regrets,” continued the journalist. “We’ll see in June. Probably, Allegri struggles to find himself in a different Juventus. I think he will leave at the end of the season.”

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