Only One Thing Holding Up AC Milan’s Deal For Joshua Zirkzee

Written By Onyeka Daniel

After the exit of Olivier Giroud was confirmed, AC Milan immediately started the search for a worthy replacement for their top striker, and it looks like the search has indeed yield fruit as a big announcement in that regards is expected soon, probably sooner than the announcement of Paulo Fonseca as their new manager.

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According to several reports, the Rossoneri have reportedly informed Bologna of their intention to activate the release clause present in Joshua Zirkzee’s ontract. Of course, they have also agreed personal terms with Dutchman, who ‘only wants’ the Rossoneri, and are now close to a deal over his agent’s commission.


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The transfer fee Is not an issue, because there is a €40m release clause in the contract he signed when moving to the Stadio Dall’Ara from Bayern Munich. There has been plenty of interest in the Dutch forward, including from Arsenal, Juventus, Napoli and Chelsea.

Since the start of the summer it has been largely a two-horse race between the Rossoneri and the Gunners, but Sportitalia transfer expert Alfredo Pedullà warns it is almost over. That is largely because Zirkzee “only wants Milan”.

Plus, he is prepared to accept a salary worth €4.5-5m per season, considerably less than he would’ve earned with Arsenal. The only issue that still needs to be resolved is the commission from agent Kia Joorabchian, which had been as high as €15m.

It now looks as if he is ready to drop that to around €10m and a deal can be done over the weekend, as Milan chiefs head into a summit with the representative in London. Zirkzee scored 11 goals and provided four assists in Serie A for Bologna this season, helping them qualify for the Champions League in fifth place.

There is still one final hurdle, the hope that Bayern Munich don’t take an active interest in the player and try to bring him back to the club for next season. The Bavarians have the option for first refusal on the player, plus a 40% resale clause. The transfer is expected to go through as the player’s will should prevail and he reportedly wants a move to the Lombardy club.


Bologna are looking for experience ahead of their Champions League campaign and have opened talks with Milan right back Alessandro Florenzi. The Rossoblu are entering a new era following their historic qualification to Europe’s premier club competition, having appointed Vincenzo Italiano as their new head coach following Thiago Motta’s decision to depart.

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Bologna are keen to build off the momentum of this season and are already hard at work planning their summer transfer window, aware that certain stars like Zirkzee and Riccardo Calafiori are likely to depart over the coming months, and even Dan Ndoye. According to a report from Corriere dello Sport, Bologna have been in contact with Florenzi to explore a possible move this summer.

They’re interested in adding the experienced Milan right back to their squad. The 33-year-old Italian only has 12 months left on his contract with the Rossoneri and is not expected to be too expensive, making a deal accessible for the Rossoblu. New coach Italiano will also have to give his green light to the transfer, should things progress.

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