Milan Interested in Bologna Center-Forward Arnautovic

Milan have been linked to a few young strikers in recent months, but they are mulling addressing their offensive needs with a much cheaper addition, as they have set sights on Marko Arnautovic, who’s no longer essential to Bologna, Calciomercato informs.

The Austrian marksman was pursued by Juventus and other top sides last summer, but the Felsinei were adamant about keeping him. However, he has played very little in 2023 due to multiple injuries. The team’s performances haven’t really been affected by his absence. Plus, he’s not on great terms with coach Thiago Motta. The Emilian side will consider partying ways with him to save on his €3M wages.

According to the publication, a €5M fee could be enough for Milan to sign Arnautovic given the combination of factors. That would free up money to use in other roles, for instance, to retain Brahim Diaz from Real Madrid. In addition, the Rossoneri might not spend lavishly if Rafael Leao stays put.

Olivier Giroud recently re-upped his contract, but he’s the lone forward certain to be on next season’s roster. Ante Rebic and Divock Origi had poor campaigns, and the club will listen to the offers. Zlatan Ibrahimovic might retire as he picked up a new calf injury just as he was about to return from a previous thigh one.

Our Take on Milan and Arnautovic

It would be an underwhelming outcome since they reportedly shortlisted a few exciting prodigies. Perhaps the two things aren’t mutually exclusive, but it’s unknown how large their summer budget will be. There are excellent chances the veteran departs Bologna, and Juventus will be a team to watch, but having both him and Giroud would be overkill.

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