AC Milan are in the race to sign Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic for next season if Hakan Calhanoglu does not sign the contract extension that the Rossoneri have offered.
The talismanic figure of Milan, Calhanoglu is in the final month of his contract with the club. And there has not been any evidence shown by the player to sign the contract extension. This forced Rossoneri to find a replacement in the transfer market for next season.
The Turkish international is an attacking-minded midfielder who can also play off the left. The 27-year-old midfielder played 33 games in Serie A this season, contributing to 13 goals with four scored by himself and nine assists.
On the other hand, the 33-year-old Slovenian forward can play off the right-wing, attacking midfield and as a centre forward as well. Ilicic has made 28 appearances in Serie A this season, scoring six goals and nine assists.
Milan to sign Ilicic as a Calhanoglu replacement:
According to Calciomercato, AC Milan continue to think about Josip Ilicic to replace Hakan Calhanoglu. The 33-year-old Slovenian forward could cost around €5 million this summer.
Josip Ilicic could be a good fit for Stefano Pioli’s side for next season if they can pull it off. As he has loads of experience and which could be an important factor to boost the young Milan squad.
However, the problem could be exposed for Milan as Ilicic will not be an out-and-out replacement for Calhanoglu as both are different types of players. The other factor could be, Ilicic has played as an inside forward with two upfront which is the perfect role for him given his age.
But, Pioli uses the 4-2-3-1 formation which does not have an inside forward. And Ilicic has lost his legs at the age of 33 to play right-wing. Playing him as a number ten will not bring the best out of the Slovenian nor in the number nine spot.
It might create a problematic situation for Milan to infuse Ilicic in the squad. If they are going to buy him as an alternative to Calhanoglu. Rather, they should go all out for Argentine attacking midfielder of Udinese Rodrigo De Paul. He will be a perfect replacement for Hakan Calhanoglu if he leaves the club for free.
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