Antonio Sanabria gladly accepted to join Milan late in the summer after Torino sealed the deal for Duvan Zapata. The Rossoneri were scrambling to find a deputy for Olivier Giroud. The Granata marksman was keen on the transfer, which seemed destined to come together on the deadline day, La Stampa informs.
However, Ivan Juric intervened and stopped the negotiation. He insisted on having three center-forwards. The Paraguayan striker didn’t push the envelope and stayed put, even though he would no longer be guaranteed the starting job.
After their attempt for Sanabria went bust, Milan rebounded by signing Luka Jovic on a free transfer from Fiorentina. The 27-year-old has recovered from a thigh issue. He will compete with the former Atalanta star going forward.
The Torino gaffer is plotting to tweak his system to accommodate the two. The ex-Sassuolo player wouldn’t be new to play in a supporting role. However, he finally broke through as a goal poacher in the past campaign.
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It would have been undoubtedly a better purchase, although more expensive. There’s no reason he and Zapata can’t feature together, even with no tactical adjustments. The addition makes up for the fact that Aleksej Miranchuk wasn’t replaced. Still, it’s telling and discouraging for the Paraguayan that Juric demanded and got new tip of the spear.
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