Milan took on Nice in their third pre-season friendly last night and although the performance wasn’t perfect, there are positives to take from it. Olivier Giroud is one of them, scoring just minutes into his debut. The Frenchman had only been on the pitch for a few minutes when he converted what was a good delivery from Samu Castillejo.
Gabbia played the games against Pro Sesto and Modena from start but was placed on the bench for Nice-Milan yesterday. He did, however, come on from the second half and did very well for the rest of the game. The young defender, due to the initial absence of Davide Calabria, played as a right-back for the first two games.
With less than an hour left until the game between Milan and Nice will kick off, Stefano Pioli has named his starting eleven. There are no major surprises, but there are a few players to keep an extra eye on. Ismael Bennacer tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and isn’t available for the game.
Rafael Leao has never really been on the market but an exit has never been ruled out by Milan, willing to listen to offers. However, they have now decided to not sell the Portuguese youngster, a report claims.
Ahead of the upcoming season, Milan want to reinforce the squad with another midfielder, as Soualiho Meite has left the club. However, it seems they might have a capable player in their squad already. Tommaso Pobega recently returned from what was a very successful loan spell at Spezia, scoring six goals and assisting an additional three goals.
Jens Petter Hauge’s future is indeed uncertain as negotiations are underway for his exit, although there is no agreement yet. Just one year after joining Milan, therefore, he could be on his way. The Norwegian winger isn’t included in Milan’s squad for the friendly against Nice this evening, which sparked some discussions on social media.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is working hard to recover in time for the season opener, following the knee surgery he underwent in June. The first indications have been positive and the Swede is very determined. According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, as cited by MilanNews, Ibrahimovic is still training apart from the team in the gym.
There is now one month left of the transfer window and although Milan have done a lot thus far, there are still some positions they need to reinforce. In other words, we can expect to see at least a few more signings. As highlighted by MilanNews, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Mascara have done well to on the transfer market thus far.
Milan still have some positions left to reinforce despite having been very active on the transfer market thus far. They have set their sights on Tiemoue Bakayoko and Hakim Ziyech, both currently at Chelsea. In addition to a new playmaker, which has been clear since Hakan Calhanoglu left, Milan also want to bring in a midfielder for the tandem.
Ismael Bennacer will miss out on the game between Milan and Nice this evening as he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. This was announced by the Rossoneri earlier today, explaining why he won’t be available. The Algerian midfielder played the first two pre-season friendlies from start and was expected to do so tonight as well.
Recently, there has been a lot of confusion regarding the future of Kaio Jorge, with several teams interest including Milan. The president of Santos has now clarified the situation and the contract terms. It seems Milan have taken a step back in their pursuit of the 19-year-old, whose contract will expire in December.
Olivier Giroud has only been training with his new teammates since Tuesday, but he could still make his debut for Milan tonight. The No.9 is determined and ready to start his adventure with the club. As reported by today’s edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanNews), the Frenchman will still need some time to get to know his teammates.
Stefano Pioli has named a 22-man squad for the game between Milan and Nice this evening, which will start at 20:30 CEST. Two players, namely Lorenzo Colombo and Jens Petter Hauge, are not included. As confirmed by MilanNews, Hauge was left out of the squad due to a technical choice, expected to leave Milan this summer.