Milan fell to their feet in pursuit of the striker
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Milan fell to their feet in pursuit of the striker

Milan are very close to signing Joshua Zirkzee, but have also locked down a reasonable backup in Artem Dovbyk should they fail to agree on a fee in a deal for the Bologna star. There will be another meeting with his agent Kia Joorabchian soon, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Rossoneri they informed Felsinei they will activate the release clause of EUR 40 million and reach an agreement on his remuneration, which will amount to approximately EUR 4.5 million per year. They just have to agree with his entourage, which started by asking for 15 million euros.

Milan are trying to reduce the amount of hidden expenses and if they succeed, Zirkzee will soon join them; otherwise they will invest the same amount in Dovbyk. Their director Geoffrey Moncada negotiated the signing during a recent trip to London, where he also held talks with Aston Villa.

Last season in Girona, the Ukrainian sniper recorded 25 goals and 10 assists. If he doesn’t move to RossoneriNapoli will be in turmoil when they sell Victor Osimhen.

Our take on Milan, Zirkzee and Dovbyk

Their search took some strange and disappointing detours, and none were stranger than Romelu Lukaku’s, but either of them would be a great choice. The latter is a cleaner number 9 and would be more prolific, while the Bologna ace is younger, works well with the other strikers and has the advantage of knowing Serie A. Unless the demands from his entourage are absurd, the negotiations seem too far advanced for now fall.

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