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Huge Blow For AC Milan In Their Pursuit Of Jonathan David And Clement Lenglet

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It’s no secret that AC Milan have made the signing of a centre-back one of their target during the January transfer window, but they’re also looking at bringing in a striker too, and are also preparing the groundwork for a Jonathan David summer swoop, but face strong competition from Newcastle United for the LOSC striker.

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It has been rumoured for many months that David is earmarked for the future of the Rossoneri attack, phasing out Olivier Giroud as he goes towards retirement. The asking price was always a problem, but as his contract is due to expire in June 2025 and he seems to have no intention of discussing an extension with the Ligue 1 side, it could drop as low as €35-40m.


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The Canadian fits the bill for Milan’s new owners RedBird in building up a more global profile, particularly in North America, but a new report from Italy has it that the Rossoneri will have a competition for the player, in the shape of EPL side, Newcastle United.

According to the report, Arsenal had also been tracking David, but seem to have moved on to other targets in the meantime, but Milan will find it hard to compete with Newcastle on a financial level for the forward. David scored seven goals with two assists in 22 competitive games so far this season for Lille.

Instead, they may shift their focus towards Bologna striker, Joshua Zirkzee, and it is hard not to take note of Zirkzee’s performances for Bologna so far this season. Around €40m would be needed to sign him, a figure that represents a big investment but one for the present and future. The competition ahead of next summer is high but Giorgio Furlani and Geoffrey Moncada are moving quietly under the radar to try and make the deal happen.

There is some risk of his market value exceeding €40m if he continues to score and assist at his current rate, but that figure is equal to the release clause in his contract and as such that is the price to pay, but they will hope Bayern Munich doesn’t decide to bring back their player after selling him to Bologna in the summer.

Meanwhile…

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery insists Milan target Clément Lenglet will remain at the club in the second part of the season. The French defender has been linked with a loan move to the Milanese club as the Rossoneri are looking for a new centre-back to bolster Stefano Pioli’s options.

Lenglet is on loan from Barcelona and hasn’t yet made his Premier League debut this season, collecting five Conference League appearances so far in 2023-24. However, Aston Villa coach Emery is not considering parting ways with the 28-year-old in January, as he said at a press conference recently.

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“I want to keep Lenglet at Villa in the second part of the season,” claimed the Spanish tactician. “Tomorrow he’s gonna play. I hope to see him and I’m really very excited about how he will help us. “We need players for the challenges we are going to face this season,” concluded the Spanish coach.

Milan visit Salernitana today in the last away game of the year. Simon Kjaer and Fikayo Tomori are the only fit first-team centre-backs for the Rossoneri tonight. The Serie A giants have also been linked with Arsenal’s Jakub Kiwior, a former Spezia defender, for January.

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