Having sold Mario Balotelli to Liverpool at the beginning of this week, AC Milan are actively scouring the transfer market for a replacement striker. The Italian giants must act quickly as the transfer window will be closing in a matter of days, but there are plenty of options open to them.
As they search for a forward who can propel them back towards the higher positions in the Serie A table, Milan could do worse than to look at the Premier League talent. The following are 6 stars from the English top flight who could, and perhaps should, be on the San Siro side’s shopping list:
The Chelsea man is playing as a blatant third choice for Jose Mourinho at the moment, facing the almost impossible task of getting selected ahead of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba. On the one hand he must get picked ahead of the club’s star of the future, on the other he must better the Blues’ legend of the past. Torres could favour a move away from the Premier League, but the forward is reportedly digging his heals in with regard to settling his £150,000 a week contract. Time will tell on this one.
A less high-profile name, should Milan move for Borini then they will at least be replacing an Italian striker with another Italian striker. Borini does not look likely to feature too heavily for Brendan Rodgers next season given the arrival of Mario Balotelli at Anfield, but he has proven his Premier League credentials during a loan spell at Sunderland last year. As a general rule, the Serie A carries a slower pace than the English top flight, so Borini could be even more effective.
The Manchester United man has been linked with a move away from old Trafford within the last week, as his future at the Red Devils remains uncertain. Given the radically reduced number of games that Louis Van Gaal’s side are facing this year, it looks unlikely that Welbeck is going to receive too much Premier League playing time for as long as Wayne Rooney or Robin Van Persie remain fit. At Milan he could receive the top billing that he will never achieve at United.
Another United striker who features further down the pecking order at Old Trafford than he would no doubt prefer, the situation for Hernandez is similar to Welbeck’s. Whilst it is not likely, or especially wise, that Van Gaal will part company with both forwards, one could leave the club before the end of the month. Hernandez probably sits beneath Welbeck on the United up front order of merit, and having blown his chance to perform against MK Dons in the League Cup, the Mexican could become available should Milan want to pursue him.
If Swansea City arrive at the close of transfer deadline day with Wilfried Bony still within their squad, then Garry Monk will probably be a very relieved man. The Cote d’Ivoire international has been the centre of all sorts of speculation this summer, and Milan might yet make a late bid to take him to Italy. Having arrived onto the Premier League stage with style last season, Bony could represent a fairly like-for-like swap for Balotelli. Both players rely on their strength, both players have good aerial ability, and both have an uncanny ability to score goals.
The Tottenham man could also feature in Milan’s thoughts, in much the same way as Torres might. Soldado has only been in England for 12 months, but they have not been the happiest of his career. The debut campaign at Spurs did not go to plan, and Soldado might prefer to cut his losses and leave as soon as possible. With Mauricio Pochettino taking over at White Hart Lane, it could prove difficult to prise the striker away from a fresh start, but he might represent a sensible signing should he be made available.