Monday July 10 2017
Milan need Aubameyang

There is one obvious contender to lead the Rossoneri attack, writes Nick Valerio, and it’s a familiar face. 

As Gianluca Lapadula and Carlos Bacca edge towards the San Siro exit, attention will swiftly turn to securing the services of a prominent forward. With the future of M'Baye Niang also in doubt, new signings Andre Silva and Fabio Borini remain the only guaranteed options, and while Milan have spectacularly recruited new personnel in defence and midfield, the striking department is desperately short.

There is no doubting Silva’s ability. The Portuguese youngster is supremely talented, but is still learning his trade and cannot be expected to lead the line on his own. Meanwhile, Borini may have started his career upfront, but spent the majority of his time in a wide role at former club Sunderland. With a return of 16 league goals in five seasons, the Italian has certainly not been signed for his net-finding prowess.   

The two reported names on the shortlist are Nikola Kalinic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it’s the latter who Milan should actively target. Aubameyang, of course, needs no introduction, having featured as a Diavolo youth teamer 10 years ago.

If money is no object, the Borussia Dortmund goal machine should be the only candidate in the running. Milan have already spent in excess of €150m, but the return of a former face would be the difference maker, the signature signing of a new era.

Aubameyang has the X-Factor and would provide a completely different dimension to a young and energetic Rossoneri side. Blessed with searing pace, the striker would thrive on the regular supply of service, especially from new full-backs Andrea Conti and Ricardo Rodriguez, and provide the finishing touch to quick team transitions.

To put in to context, last season Lapadula and Bacca notched a combined total of 21 league goals, in comparison to the Gabon hitman’s personal tally of 31. If the Diavolo are serious about mounting a sustained challenge to their rivals, they need their very own Gonzalo Higuain or Edin Dzeko, and quite simply, you know what you’re getting with Aubameyang.

Yes, it would cost a sizable figure to extract the striker from his current side, but goals are a priceless commodity and will likely be the difference in Milan playing Champions League or Europa League football in the 2018-19 season.

From a personal and professional perspective, the player would not need any encouragement to hit the ground running. The potential move has come at the right time for both club and striker. As the finished article, Aubameyang won’t need refining like Silva, and this would be an added bonus. The 28-year-old can ease the burden on his strike-partner, especially if the former Porto man struggles to initially settle.

The alternative to the French-born attacker is Kalinic. The Croatian’s exploits are well known, having played in the division for two seasons, and would be a dependable acquisition. Kalinic is the cheaper option and would be happy with the move. The forward has carved out a good career for himself in Italy and would not take his place for granted, but Milan need more than that, and must push for Aubameyang.

Time is crucial and the Rossoneri must now act decisively. Aubameyang has earned his status as a respected forward on the continent and is the man to propel Milan back in to contention for major honours. 

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Have your say...
The same over and over year new 11 players. It takes 1-2 seasons to gel.

You can't just take 11 superstars and flop them together and expect to win. Futbol is a team sport, its about knowing the habbits and movements of your teammates and defending as a unit.

The new team we are building will take time to mesh. I am excited to watch the new players grow together but I am doubtful for a successful 2018 campaign.

Forza Milan.
on the 15th July, 2017 at 6:22pm
@Maldini's Heir;

Aubameyang is a striker. A straight finisher. He gets on the end of things better than any striker in the world right now (bar Suarez, I guess). He's scored maybe two goals from outside the 6 the last two seasons. Silva is not a starter.

I don't know how good he can be, but he's been the best striker in the Bundesliga EACH of the last two seasons. Lewandowksi has greater highs, we see some of that in the CL. He's the better player, but Aubameyang has been better in league.
on the 14th July, 2017 at 4:08pm
If you think bonucci is some great defender you ppl are in for a surprise. Anyways leo b even has a special move so who am i to bash . Hopefully he does it in the first game or two . Its a really cool move i used to do it myself when i was 12-14 yrs old hahaha . Dont worry you have the best cb in the world now and you will get back to the cl and win it by 2019 and leo b will be the one to thank . I think romagnoli is good btw .
on the 14th July, 2017 at 2:00pm
@Maldini's Heir

As replacemnet we also have abate, and de sciglio, until they leave..
on the 14th July, 2017 at 8:49am
@Beppe Rossi

And on another note. Center def tends to be in their prime around 30.

If you dont realize giving away Bonucci for 40(top) mill is a HUGE misstake from Juve, you're out of your mind.

Im stunned by the fact chelsea didnt pick up this.
on the 14th July, 2017 at 8:45am
@Beppe Rossi

A. He's 29
B. Its 40m (top)
C. Im pretty sure Conti and Romangoli and Calabria, AND donnnarumma are the future.
on the 14th July, 2017 at 8:42am
@ Me I had assumed we were playing 4-3-3 like last season with Silva in middle of Auba and Suso. That all seems to be up in the air as we seem to be pursuing Bonucci. Another great player but (and there's always a but with changes) if we sign Bonucci and play with a back 3 then our cover will be Zapata, Gomez and Ely. So we better not get any injuries! Where any of this leaves Bonaventura and who our captain will be is anyone's guess. I give up speculating and will make an assessment in Sept.
on the 14th July, 2017 at 12:57am
So you think bonucci is juve best player and they sold him to milan because he wants to win the cl . Hahhahahhahaaaaaaahahhaahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 13th July, 2017 at 6:52pm
Now Bonucci is a good buy!
on the 13th July, 2017 at 3:53pm
Dami - You have to actually be in the Champions League to even talk about winning it. Having said that, there's no reason to think Bonucci would leave Juve for Milan, but if you want to pay 50 million for a 31 year old CB. Go for it. We have the next Generation of Italian CB's anyways ;)
on the 13th July, 2017 at 2:47pm
@Maldini's Heir;

You think you guys are gonna drop 60+ on Aubameyang to play him LF?

LOL what?

He's a striker.
on the 13th July, 2017 at 1:24pm

True dat.
on the 13th July, 2017 at 11:53am
@Beppe Rossi Worried much? Taking your best player would put Juve back in their rightful place. Can't blame Leo for wanting to actually win the UCL.
on the 12th July, 2017 at 10:26pm
What's this noise about Bonucci and Milan?. What's wrong Li, can't find your own defenders?
on the 12th July, 2017 at 7:43pm

I don't know what the hell you're talking about.

@Maldini's Heir;

I think you're panicking far too much. Why Bonaventura is a natural winger, who plays attacking midfield. This season he played the Iniesta role. He can play as a deeper CM too. He should be taking the #10. Let the new guys earn their spots.

I love Locatelli. I thought it was a strange move, but he is young so it's not the worst thing. Tho I don't know if they need Biglia.
on the 12th July, 2017 at 1:15pm
@Marco Bad as he is Borini has experience in many positions and leagues. There is no point bringing on a youth player like Cutrone out of position or late in a game to rest someone else and simply run up and down the flank.
on the 12th July, 2017 at 12:08pm
@ Dami As long as everyone on here doesn't start criticising 38m Silva and 60m Auba next year. Part of the reason Milan have struggled so much is the lack of faith shown by managers and fans.
on the 12th July, 2017 at 9:57am
The reason I defend the player is because it is the players I watch every week. The players are the club. It's not just some name or colour or place, it's the players, the guys we watch week in/week out. And when we have to change our squad every year, for me, it's like starting again. I don't know these new players from Adam. They seem good on paper but I won't know them until they've had at least a year under their belt. Hopefully we won't be having the same conversation next year. We did last
on the 12th July, 2017 at 9:55am
@ Anonymous Last time I checked you can only have 11 players on the pitch and there's simply no room for Bona if we sign Auba. Suso has different characteristics Bona is similar to Çalhanoğlu but could've played out LF but that position will go to Auba. Sure he'l be rotated but once a player becomes a rotation player that is the end because they'll never hit form. Bona should've been our captain but I just don't see a future for him or any of the players we have followed for the past few years
on the 12th July, 2017 at 9:52am
Who in Milan is a player like young Dembele is in BVB Dortmund, playing great balls to Aubaymeyang?
Get them both as a pair :-)
on the 12th July, 2017 at 9:34am
you guys are missing the point....fassone and mirabelli together with montella and the chinese guys sat down on lengthy discussions and set goals..short term and long term part of these plans was to get into champions league(4th place) and to do that you need a good crop of players experience,youth and fresh legs..which F&M are doing now..many of you talking about the money where its coming from, buying the not so ideal players for the position or a coach who has no confidence inn his team
on the 12th July, 2017 at 8:02am
RE Borini - that's why we have youth graders like Cutrone, to take up the 4th choice and fill in during a long season (no talk of a loan as yet so assuming he will remain). Why sign Borini and pay his EPL generated wages? I'd rather give our youth a chance to flourish if they are going to remain, they would cherish the minutes when they come by. Didn't we learn our lesson letting Auba go lol?
Biglia will bring exp yes, but he's not long term! We need to build these leaders
on the 12th July, 2017 at 7:37am
@Maldini's Heir I was expecting those 4 paragraphs to all be about how we shouldn't sign Auba due to the fact Bacca is the worlds best striker. Surprised your not 100% against this move.
on the 11th July, 2017 at 10:07pm
I don't like to hit out at people but @maldini's heir, I don't know if you are a milan fan but by the name possibly you are. I'm sorry but what are you talking about, how is bonaventura time coming to an end if we sign him? He just signed an extension and he's the most versatile player on the team. If anyone were to leave it would be suso. But nobody needs to leave. Montella had to work with a broken team that previous managers failed to do. To make it into Europe was impressive alone
on the 11th July, 2017 at 6:05pm
@ Viktor and Me
Well you are real Milan Fans on here! I'm being honest, If you choose to sit with your head in the clouds that's your business. Milan of the last 5 years has been terrible, it is great to see some investment but this is ridiculous. The comment by Ricsag is spot on- we have brought a load of pointless youngsters. Kessie is a quality signing and much needed.
Those of you 'welcoming' Aubameyang for this extortionate amount of money need to ask yourselves why he left to begin with!
on the 11th July, 2017 at 2:43pm
Great to see everyone on here's so concerned about FFP when I'm sure our ownership know much more about the club's internal dealing than anyone here. F&M obviously know what they're doing. As for leadership that is where the Biglia signing becomes so important as he is a proven leader already. As for Borini why peopel are still complaining is beyond me he will be happy to sit on the bench and be 4th choice, he can play many positions in a long season for us. Lapa will want game time due to WC
on the 11th July, 2017 at 1:48pm
Instead it looks like we'll be stick with Zapata who was frozen out until Week 22 last season despite returning from injury in week 10. What changed? My prediction for the season is that the squad won't gel, Montella won't be able to make up his mind, he'll be sacked before Christmas and hopefully a better manager will take what is quite an exciting group of players and actually do quite well. Milan will make it into the top 4.
on the 11th July, 2017 at 11:54am
something akin to a starting 11 by January he decided to change it up again. Niang and Bacca frozen out and Kucka was no longer considered useful. He then just randomly started rotating the starting 11 even when Milan were playing once a week Locatelli got completely thrown out of form because he was rested in favour of that long term prospect Sosa. Even this summer Montella has decided that Paletta, who was his first choice CB last season, is no longer his reserve choice CB next season.
on the 11th July, 2017 at 11:50am
I've more respect for Sarri. “My job is to improve the players at my disposal. It’s not my job to ask for players worth €100m each, because that would be too easy. It’s not my job.” That is the job of a coach. If Montella does not get the best out of these new players what are we going to do; go out and sign more players? Keep rolling the dice? Trying different combos? And with such an enormous squad how likely is it that Montella will actually be able to pick a starting 11? Having established
on the 11th July, 2017 at 11:46am
My big concern is Montella. He's obviously decided that there was no hope for the team that finished 6th last season and we needed to change the entire team. He has so little confidence in the players no wonder they finished where they did. Just this time last year he was looking forward to work with Niang. By January Niang was on his way out. Who will won't make it to January this time? Will Montella? He's got no excuses. He's gone all out. We now expect a title challenge.
on the 11th July, 2017 at 11:40am

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