Gennaro Gattuso has confessed that he ‘would like’ Paul Pogba and Mario Mandzukic at Milan but ruled out switching to two strikers.
Gattuso was responding to speculation that Mandzukic could be the solution to Milan’s woes in front of goal, with the Rossoneri boss referring to CEO Marco Fassone on how the club’s transfer dealings would have to be balanced out.
“Calhanoglu isn’t great, but he doesn’t have any problems with his ligaments,” he said at a Press conference for Saturday’s Serie A visit of Benevento.
“We’ll try to do something today. He has some inflammation to his patellar tendon and we hope to have him back.
“Bonaventura on the wing, with Locatelli in the middle? Maybe. Cutrone out wide? Eh… There’s a chance he’ll play, but not out wide.
“Two strikers? I have to think about balance. Milan have often suffered against their opponents, and I don’t like that.
“I want us to give the feeling of a solid, organised team. However, we’re only behind Juve and Napoli for crosses and shots on goal, so we’re doing well in this sense.
“Admittedly, it wasn’t the case in Turin, where our first shot on goal wasn’t until the second half with Cutrone. The system that guarantees balance is the one with a lone striker.
“Transfers? Fassone told me the same thing: we’ll bring in three or four new players. He didn’t say three or four players must leave beforehand.
“UEFA hasn’t made a decision yet. I’d like to say, ‘I like Pogba, let’s go and get him on foot’, but it’s not possible.
“Do I like Mandzukic? I like all great players, Ronaldo, Messi… However, I think about [team] concepts as opposed to individuals.
“We have a general manager and sporting director, who will take care of the transfer market. I can assure the fans that no-one’s dying of hunger here.
“What must arrive always does in the end... and even more. Benevento? We’ll be facing a mischievous team, who have nothing to lose and play good football.
“De Zerbi makes his teams play well, so we’ll have to slug it out if we don’t prepare well. To say we no longer have anything to play for because we won’t qualify for the Champions League is wrong.
“Either way, the Europa League is crucial, Milan can’t be out of Europe. It’s much better to finish sixth than seventh.
“in that case, we should start in early July, putting in two extra shifts. We’re always very sincere [in our approach].”
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