Fulvio Collovati says Mauro Icardi is not a fantasy signing for AC Milan

Former AC Milan ace Fulvio Collovati believes Mauro Icardi could be lured to AC Milan from arch-rivals Inter but the progress won’t be a straightforward. The Argentina international is currently on a season-long loan at Paris Saint-Germain but he is expected to return to the Nerazzurri amid the dispute between Les Parisiens’ board and his agent.

Speaking to SportMediaset, Collovati, who made 193 appearances for the Rossoneri, insisted that a move for Icardi can’t be ruled out but admitted the process could be tedious with the financial impact due to the coronavirus pandemic. He added that football teams can no longer afford massive sums to recruit players and the market could be dominated with swap deals.
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Pepe Reina speaks on his future after Aston Villa loan

Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has said that he is unsure regarding his future when his loan contract with Aston Villa concludes in the summer. The shot-stopper joined the Villains on a short-term loan from AC Milan during the winter transfer window after goalkeeper Tom Heaton was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.


Reina has since made six league appearances for the west Midlands outfit where he has yet to keep a clean sheet. While the Spaniard has stood out with his performances in a couple of games, he has also been susceptible to making mistakes, which have cost the club in the form of goals. As such, it is unclear whether the Premier League club will sign him on a permanent deal this summer and when asked about his future, Reina quipped: “The loan expires on June 30 then I have one more year with Milan. But in football you never know, do you?.”
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AC IN FOR SOUMARE

Highly rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is holding out for an offer from one of Liverpool or Manchester United this summer, after rejecting a move to Newcastle in January. According to report, the Magpies submitted a substantial offer for Lille only for the player to reject the offer.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce admitted on deadline day that the club had come close to a transfer that would have broken the club’s £40m record – only for the player in question to knock back the move. Read more… »

AC Milan chief says Zlatan Ibrahimovic will decide his future with the Rossoneri

AC Milan sporting director Ricky Massara has said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will decide his own destiny with the Serie A outfit. The former Sweden international joined the Rossoneri on a free transfer at the turn of the year but he only signed for the season with the option for a further 12 months.

 

Speaking to RAI Sport, Massara said that the Milan giants won’t decide the future of Ibrahimovic, who made his comeback with the Rossoneri after nine years, he told: “It’ll ultimately be up to him, how he feels and how long he wants to continue. He truly is a phenomenon, and we are very happy with his performance.”

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Pioli open to the prospect of signing Ibrahimovic for AC Milan

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has opened to the possibility of signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Rossoneri. The 38-year-old previously helped the Rossoneri win the Serie A title eight years ago and there are suggestions that the Swede could be reunited with the club when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.


Ibrahimovic has been in stunning form for LA Galaxy over the past two years where he has amassed 53 goals and he has recently hinted that a Serie A move could be on the cards when his contract expires at the end of December. Due to this, there have been frequent links with the Rossoneri but so far, the Milan giants have yet to make an approach for the marksman.
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Ex-AC Milan manager takes charge at Napoli

Former AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has been appointed as the new head coach of Serie A side Napoli. The Naples outfit have had a dismal campaign in the Italian top-flight and they find themselves in the seventh spot on the table with a staggering 17-point gap to table-toppers Inter Milan.


As a result, their title prospects are more or less over but they still have the chance of making the Champions League places, considering they are within eight points off fourth-placed Cagliari. Napoli recently took the decision to sack Carlo Ancelotti due to the league performance and his successor Gattuso has spoken about the need to finish in the top four this term.
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Marco Giampaolo rues AC Milan’s lack of killer instinct

AC Milan manager Marco Giampaolo has rued the lack of killer instinct after the Rossoneri suffered their third league defeat of the season. The Rossoneri took a first-half lead against Torino through a Krzysztof Piatek penalty in the 18th minute and they managed to preserve the advantage until the half-time interval.

In the second half, the Rossoneri struggled to create any clear-cut chances on goal and they were eventually made to pay the price after Andrea Belotti scored a quick-fire brace for Torino. Speaking after the 2-1 defeat, Giampaolo said that his team were in control of the game and barring the errors, it was one of the club’s best performances of the season.
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Krystian Bielik confirms AC Milan while speaking about Arsenal departure

Polish footballer Krystian Bielik has acknowledged that AC Milan were one of the clubs interested in signing him before he joined Derby County in the Championship. The young centre-back failed to make a single league appearance for Arsenal despite impressing for the development side and he eventually made the move to the Rams this summer.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Bielik said that he was hopeful that he would break into the first-team under Unai Emery but that was not the case. He added that there was interest from the Rossoneri prior to the European Under-21 Championship but the deal did not materialise beyond the opening stretch.

He told: “I was hoping that I would get a chance under (Arsenal boss) Unai Emery but it turned out that he couldn’t see me in his plans. At the Euros, I wanted to show myself well and hoped that I was watched by the club and I could do a lot with good performances. Then, before the Championships, Milan’s offer appeared, but ultimately nothing came of it.”

At Derby, Bielik has the opportunity to compete for regular first-team football and he is confident that he can raise up to the Premier League challenge next season, he added: “I don’t want to say it’s a shame now. I love Arsenal and playing for this club was my dream. However, it was necessary to stray from this path. I came to the club from the Championship, where I will play and gain experience. I think that after the next season, if I play regularly, I will be ready for the Premier League.” The Rams had a good season under former boss Frank Lampard last term and they nearly got promoted through the Championship playoffs before losing to Aston Villa in the final. Under new boss Phillip Cocu, they started the season with a victory but they have since gone winless for five matches with just three points gained. The Dutchman surely needs to transform the team or else he could face the sack before the halfway stage of the season.

Torreira’s agent confirms Arsenal rejected advances from AC Milan

The agent of Lucas Torreira has confirmed that Arsenal turned down an approach from AC Milan to sign the Uruguay international. The 23-year-old had previously been linked with a return to the Serie A with the Rossoneri this summer with reports suggesting that he would favour a reunion with former Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo.

However, that has certainly not happened and his representative has now revealed that the Gunners rejected the prospect of selling the midfielder, he told Tuttosport: “There was the possibility. Giampaolo is in the heart of Lucas, but Arsenal said he had no intention of selling the boy. Lucas is fine, the club are happy with him. This will be the year of consecration. With the Arsenal shirt. Milan is Milan, it will always be an important team, even if today it has some economic problems.”

Torreira made a sublime beginning to his Gunners career last season and he was one of the favourites during the opening half of the campaign where he produced a number of top-notch displays. However, his form deteriorated during the backend of the season and he produced a forgettable performance during the 4-1 Europa League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

With the start of the new campaign, Torreira has been positioned on the bench with Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock getting starts ahead of him. As such, things don’t look bright for the Uruguayan at the moment, but he has been offered with an entire season to prove that he can become a regular with the Gunners.

Torreira was an unused substitute during the season opener at Newcastle United but he was handed with a cameo off the bench against Burnley at home. Next up, the Gunners face Liverpool on the road and Torreira may have to adjust with another reduced role. Guendouzi, Willock and summer signing Dani Ceballos seem the likely midfield combination to start unless Granit Xhaka makes his injury comeback.