In a bid to reinforce the team’s squad ahead of the upcoming season, AC Milan have reportedly inquired about Juventus striker Simone Zaza. However, according to a report from Corriere dello Sport, the Turin-based club have rejected the Rossoneri approach.
The publication reported that Juventus “are only interested in selling Zaza outright, for at least €24m.”
It seems as though the Italian striker could be staying with Max Allegri’s club for the time being. However, the fact that other clubs are interested in the forward isn’t surprising.
In 22 appearances for the Bianconeri last season, the former Sassuolo man bagged seven goals. He also made Italy’s roster for Euro 2016, and provided an assist in three appearances.
A busy summer for Juve
Juventus have been extremely impressive so far in the summer transfer window, adding players to strengthen the midfield, backline and forward departments. Miralem Pjanic was signed to dictate play and take free kicks, while Dani Alves and Medhi Benatia were added to a defense that already featured the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Stephan Lichtsteiner.
The Bianconeri also added young Croatian forward Marko Pjaca and high-priced hit man Gonzalo Higuain to join the team’s other strikers in attack.
The duo’s arrival, along with the presences of incumbents Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic, have seemingly pushed Zaza down the totem pole. Still, Zaza could play a part next season. Juve are gearing up for a run at both domestic and European glory, and Zaza’s added depth would certainly help.
AC Milan’s striker outlook
In terms of where he would fit in Milan, the Rossoneri would likely be throwing Zaza into another crowded forward situation if they had signed him. The San Siro tenants have already brought in Gianluca Lapadula from Pescara this transfer window.
Lapadula will link up with Alessandro Matri, who is returning from a loan spell with Lazio, M’Baye Niang, Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano. Both Bacca and Adriano only joined the club a season ago, while Niang is only 21 and could be a long-term feature at the club.