AC Milan have recently been infatuated by the Bologna pair Thiago Motta and Joshua Zirkzee, and journalist Gianluca Di Marzio offered some insight about the Rossoneri’s interest in the duo.

If you were to look at a checklist of what Milan are interested in, you would see a new manager who can inspire and bring success. Also, a new and exciting striker, with Olivier Giroud’s situation unclear.

To tick both of those boxes, you could look to Bologna, and two checks may appear. On the touchline, Thiago Motta has been heavily linked with a move away from the Rossoblu, given his contract expires in the upcoming summer.

He fits the bill for what the Diavolo want in terms of a coach who can inspire, and he has done so with Bologna this season.

Furthermore, on the number 9 front, there is Zirkzee. He, alongside Jonathan David, has been rumoured to top Milan’s list of their next leading striker. With 10 goal contributions (8 goals/2 assists) in all competitions, he could be the successor to an ageing Giroud.

Di Marzio recently spoke to SportNews, about Zirkzee’s future, and the Rossoneri’s interest in him and Motta – his words were relayed by Get Football News Italy.

The interest in Zirkzee…

“Is his [Zirkzee’s] market value €35 million? No, I think it is more. He has a release clause in his contract worth €50 million. And Bayern Munich have the option to bring him back for 50 per cent of that amount.

“He is a key target for AC Milan, and I think he will soon move to an Italian top club or maybe the Premier League. He is so strong and has so many qualities. In Serie A, he is the striker who leaves the best impression in Italy after Lautaro Martinez.”

Milan’s interest in Motta…

“Thiago Motta is on a list to become the coach of the Rossoneri, and Motta and Zirkzee have been in contact; maybe he will take him with him if he joins.”


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