AC Milan are ready to concentrate their attention to Chelsea attacker Hakim Ziyech. Italian heavyweights are also linked with Everton attacking midfielder James Rodriguez but now looking to focus more on Chelsea winger.
Serie A side are in the market for a new attacking midfielder who can play the number 10 role and both wings. Both Ziyech and Rodriguez fill that category and are available in this transfer window. AC Milan finished last season on a high note, finished 2nd in the league, and returned to Champions League football.
The main reason for Milan’s search for the new attacking midfielder is due to the departure of Hakan Calhanoglu. He was in the last year of his contract and was a target for big European clubs. He joined arch city rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer, leaving fans fuming.
Hakan Calhanoglu was in great form last season and replacing him with the big-name player is a priority for the Milan management. Manager Stefano Pioli is also in the market for a new centre-back and midfielder but signing Ziyech and Rodriguez will be a priority for him.
AC Milan target another Chelsea player:
Chelsea have recently done enough business with AC Milan. English Premier League giants had Fikayo Tomori on loan at San Siro last season. Before that Bakayoko was on loan at Milan but was not able to perform big to make it a permanent move.
Bakayoko and Tomori are now linked with a permanent move to Italy and it would be interesting to see Milan signing three players from the same club in the single transfer window. But it is more exciting for Milan fans, as they are also trying to sign another Chelsea player.
Veteran Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud is also linked with Milan move. Giroud decided not to extend his stay and West London after falling behind the likes of Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham despite scoring important goals.
But now signing Ziyech is looking more resourceful. According to a report from Corriere Dello Sport, AC Milan want to prioritize Ziyech over all other targets, including James Rodriguez.
Milan to soften up on James Rodriguez deal:
James Rodriguez on trending again when he left Real Madrid to join Everton. He was in great form for the first few weeks in the English Premier League but it was faded slowly. Everton failed to finish in the top six again, losing out on continental competitions.
Everton recently hired former Liverpool boss Raphael Benitz as the new manager. It is still unclear about his stance on Colombian superstar but it seems that they are ready to offload him at the right price.
Ziyech and Rodriguez joined English Premier League last season but both failed to pick up the pace league demands. Ziyech never got a chance to prove his worth with regular game time. And Rodriguez failed to keep his fitness and form.
Milan will be looking to mount a title challenge this season after getting close to tile last season. Pioli will be keen on signing Ziyech, who is in his prime, and add a boost to the Rossoneri squad with his experience.