The January transfer market is officially open, providing Europe’s top clubs in the Serie A the opportunity to upgrade their squads in the middle of the season or make desperate purchases to salvage a losing campaign.
Football players can be purchased and sold throughout Europe and beyond as teams seek to boost Serie A picks. During the 30-day window, loan trades are also possible. The winter World Cup allowed players to flourish before the January transfer market. Offers could be made to notable stars.
Milan believed that acquiring Divock Origi from Liverpool would significantly improve their offense. Instead, the Belgian forward was injured when Pioli could not rely on Ibrahimovic or Rebic. Milan will invest heavily in a new center forward in either January or the summer of 2023.
Olivier Giroud has only one year remaining on his contract, and the 40-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be out with an injury until early 2023.
Milan Seek To Bolster Attack
A source claims Milan’s administration is well aware of the necessity to invest in a forward-facing striker next summer.
This means Giroud will work less hard, and he can be utilized appropriately. The injury to Divock Origi has yet to convince the management, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s retirement is another consideration.
At least once per season, it appears that Stefano Pioli has a forward problem. Olivier Giroud, the only fit center forward, is asked to work more hours despite being 35 years old.
According to multiple sources, the new center forward will cost approximately €40 million, and Milan are already pursuing new strikers. Milan intend to make a significant offensive acquisition in the summer of 2023. They wish to acquire a top-tier forward to score at least 20 goals every season.
Armand Broja is included on a potential list of names. At Chelsea, there needs to be more room for the Albanian superstar. Borja got a new contract with Chelsea through 2028; however, he may move to another team to play more. The Rossoneri have been monitoring him for quite some time, and they have excellent contacts with Premier League clubs.
Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma has been linked with a move to some of Europe’s top clubs after performing well in La Liga. After transferring to Spain from Bournemouth, the Dutch player scored 16 goals in his debut year.
Given this, it is not unexpected that Danjuma is associated with the Blues. According to CMW, Chelsea and Milan have joined Newcastle United to pursue the youngster. According to the source, the Italian champions want to sign the 25-year-old to replace the aging Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud.
Danjuma, 25, contributed to Unai Emery’s club reaching the Champions League semi-finals last season. Like Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe, he scored six goals during the competition. Despite missing the first month of the season, he has continued to perform effectively in front of the net, netting three goals thus far in 2018.
Divock Origi Has Not Found His Spark
Origi has had difficulty adjusting to life at Milan. He moved there for free from Liverpool in the summer to play more often. The Belgian has appeared in four games but never got the ball rolling. He has spent a total of 81 minutes on the field, all as a substitute. He also did not participate against Bologna and has missed the last two games due to injury.
Noah Okafor, a Swiss international, is one option. The 22-year-old impressed in the opening match against Milan and Red Bull Salzburg. Noah scored again against Chelsea.
Calciomercato reports that Milan are considering signing a new striker following Divock Origi’s difficulties. The top two players on their list are Jonathan David of Lille and Noah Okafor of RB Salzburg.
Okafor is the most accessible of the three objectives. Within less than two years, he will no longer be on the contract. Next summer, Salzburg has agreed to sell Okafor for approximately €20 million. It’s a good deal considering everything the 22-year-old has accomplished thus far.
Okafor has spent most of his career as a winger and has only lately shifted to the center-forward position, so the Rossoneri are very keen on his reputation.