Wednesday January 25 2012
Allegri content with Tevez or Lopez

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri says he’ll be happy with a new striker this month – whether it is Carlos Tevez or Maxi Lopez.

The Rossoneri have done a deal with Catania for Lopez, but he’ll only arrive if the club fail in a new bid to net the Manchester City man.

“I consider myself as lucky because the club will provide me with an important player,” the former Cagliari boss noted.

“Lopez? We’ve evaluated a few things and he’s a great player. If he wasn’t then we wouldn’t be considering him.

“I’m living through this period normally. I’m calm, the club are looking after things and we’ll see how it ends up. The club know what they are doing.

“Midfield signings? I have enough midfielders. Mathieu Flamini will soon be back in the squad and Alberto Aquilani is on the road to recovery too.”

Allegri was speaking ahead of Thursday’s Coppa Italia quarter-final tie against Lazio at the Stadio Meazza. The winner will face Juve in the semis.

“I’ll pick the best team possible, but it will be hard to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic start,” commented the tactician.

“Ibra is feeling good, he’s serene, but he’s not a robot and even he needs a break now and again.”

The Diavolo may start with teenager Stephan El Shaarawy in attack after his impressive performances of late.

“El Shaarawy is a different player to the one he was two months ago. He’s unexpectedly grown. He’s important, but he’s young. Let’s not put too much pressure on him.”

Daniele Bonera, Clarence Seedorf and Alexander Merkel are being tipped to start. Allegri added that new signing Djamel Mesbah could be named in the XI.

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