Milan Making Strides in Pursuit of Top Center-Forward Target

These are increasingly vital moments for Joshua Zirkzee’s career as his rumored switch from Bologna to Milan starts to pick up momentum. According to Calciomercato, the Rossoneri emissaries held a crucial round of talks with the Dutchman’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, on Friday.

It seems Zirkzee is the chosen one. Milan must land a top-class striker to replace Olivier Giroud. And they’ve seemingly identified the 23-year-old as the Frenchman’s successor. The only hindrance is Joorabchian’s insane compensation request.

Milan are ready to activate Zirkzee’s €40 million release clause to avoid negotiations with Bologna. They’ve already received the player’s green light, with the ex-Bayern Munich youngster keen on staying in Serie A amidst growing interest from foreign clubs.

Despite recent talks suggesting the Bavarians could re-enter the picture, they’re out of the way. Bayern’s decision to focus on other targets has paved the way for Milan to swoop in and take Zirkzee to San Siro. The Italians are reluctant to pass on this opportunity based on their recent actions.

Milan representatives and Joorabchian are currently in London as the Serie A runners-up attempt to make Zirkzee’s agent come to his senses. His mindless €15m demands are the only thing blocking the forward’s move to Lombardy. However, the parties are working tirelessly to remove this obstacle.

Though recent speculation linked Milan with two strikers from abroad, Zirkzee has always been the club’s dream signing. If they could convince Joorabchian to lower his claims, there’s a chance the Bologna starlet could complete his switch before Euro 2024.

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