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I really hope that's true.

Maybe many will not agree.......but I can easily justify spending 70mil on Aubameyang. I wish I could say the same about Belotti, but I really can't. Not now. Maybe in a couple of years....
70m shouldn't be a problem
I wonder what the problem/hold up is with Auba. We've been told that Mirabelli has been chasing him for months and had several meetings. Apparently, he was our #1 target. It's also been said that our budget for a ST is 65mil (this is probably a bs report as I'm not sure how anyone would come to have info like that....but maybe it's purposely linked info by our management, even if not 100% true). Another thing is that for the longest time it was said that BVB will accept 70mil. So all the pieces seem to fit and fall in place......yet clearly, there is an issue and there has been no progress. At first it was the China temptation for Auba that didn't materialize. Than it was Chelsea. But what could it be now? Maybe BVB really did get pissed off and raised the price to 100mil because they are running out of time to get a replacement and because of that they'll have to spend more?? That's the only thing I can think of...
Auba over Gallo for sure, especially if Auba costs even less than Gallo.
Cairo can rot in his corner with his buyout clause. This summer was the only chance for one of the big guns to pick up on it, and he failed miserably.
Belotti to build the future European champion.
Aubameyang for immediate success.
Or none and we use Cutrone and make him our next WC striker !
(07-22-2017, 09:57 PM)Nicolas Wrote: [ -> ]I'd be okay with that as long as Cutrone gets to play as well, he is way too good to suffer the same fate as Paloschi and Petagna.

We had many strikers that didn't do bad in preseason over the years like Paloschi, Petagna, Berretta, Zigoni and other highly rated players like Vido and Di Molfetta. None of these have become Milan quality yet.

There's no way Cutrone deserves to be labeled better than them because he scored 2 goals against Bayern B in a friendly.
(07-23-2017, 02:42 PM)Hitman Wrote: [ -> ]We had many strikers that didn't do bad in preseason over the years like Paloschi, Petagna, Berretta, Zigoni and other highly rated players like Vido and Di Molfetta. None of these have become Milan quality yet.

There's no way Cutrone deserves to be labeled better than them because he scored 2 goals against Bayern B in a friendly.

His statistics at youth level speak for him ... he's the best striker we have ever had in our youth sector.
The guy is more highly rated than any of the other young players who ever came from our Primavera.
It's not just about this friendly game, but it looks like he has it all and can improve, so why not trying to keep him and use him until January at least ?

Fom your list, the two players we thought could become important were :
- Paloschi who wasn't hyped at all but scored in his first game when we were in an emergency with the injured players if I remember correctly ...
- Petagna who wasn't really given a chance as Matri was prefered to him. The way he plays now in Atalanta shows we maybe missed something with him (he needs to improve on his finishing though) ...
The other ones never got any chance in first team and even in pre-season, never really play.

PS : Some medias claimed he should have been called up for the U21 Euro and it was a big mistake by Di Biaggio not to take him ...
If management believe in Cutrone's potential they will put him in a place where he plays lots and develops, in the current status of us talking about adding Auba and Kalinic, Belotti and Kalinic, etc, that is unlikely to be Milan.
There's a lot of talk about Cutrone's future now and in all honesty I think he's shown plenty so far this preseason to be considered for a place in the squad. That would mean 3rd or 4th choice (depending on how many strikers we intend to have in the squad), which would give him an opportunity to grow in Milan. If in January we feel he'd benefit elsewhere on loan, then so be it, but for now I see no reason not to give him a chance in the first team squad.

Also, Geo's view on Cutrone as opposed to other youth level forwards is spot on. This isn't a guy who's just suddenly burst onto the scene at Milan, he's been highly valued for a long time and has been touted for big things. I know I've been keeping tabs on him for 2 years myself, but he's actually been a part of the youth set up since he was 8 (in 2006).
(07-23-2017, 03:36 PM)ACMILAN1983 Wrote: [ -> ]There's a lot of talk about Cutrone's future now and in all honesty I think he's shown plenty so far this preseason to be considered for a place in the squad. That would mean 3rd or 4th choice (depending on how many strikers we intend to have in the squad), which would give him an opportunity to grow in Milan. If in January we feel he'd benefit elsewhere on loan, then so be it, but for now I see no reason not to give him a chance in the first team squad.

Also, Geo's view on Cutrone as opposed to other youth level forwards is spot on. This isn't a guy who's just suddenly burst onto the scene at Milan, he's been highly valued for a long time and has been touted for big things. I know I've been keeping tabs on him for 2 years myself, but he's actually been a part of the youth set up since he was 8 (in 2006).

Actually, he will probably start on Thursday as Bacca will be sold and Silva shouldn't be ready to play a full game yet ...
It should be his first official games in first team as a starter and we will see if he's still raw material or if we can keep him as useful asset, at least until the next mercato.

I noticed we tend to overrate our youth players when they are defenders, we tend to hype our midfielders, but we tend not to trust our young strikers (probably because we often had WC players bought for that role) ... why couldn't we build our own WC striker for once if the guy shows he can reach this level ?
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