Now that Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s move to AC Milan is complete, according to multiple sources, the future of the other striking options are in question. Some may complete a move elsewhere while others could see their playing time very limited, here are the possible impacts Higuain’s arrival could have on the other strikers on the squad.
Kalinic was arguably the most disappointing signing Milan brought in last summer, only scoring 6 goals in 31 Serie A appearances. The 30-year-old was expelled from Croatia’s World Cup squad after refusing to be subbed on, and also missed a last minute equalizer in Milan’s ICC fixture against Tottenham Hotspur. Surely not a fan favorite, Kalinic shows his laziness a lot and risks being dropped down to the bench. Atletico Madrid are known to be admirers of the attacker and a move was almost completed, though the deal is likely to slowly break down.
When Kalinic joined the Rossoneri in the summer of 2017, big things were expected from him. He scored 15 league goals for Fiorentina in the 2016/17 season, including one against AC Milan. He seemed to be a promising signing, arriving on a loan with obligation to buy for €20 million. Now fans want him gone and their wish could be granted.
Higuain will surely be the first choice striker for the upcoming season, and judging by Kalinic’s ego, he will not be happy as a sub. He will most likely depart the club, with Atlético Madrid and Sevilla interested in the Croatian’s services. Milan are likely to ask for the same price they bought him for as they look to ship him off as soon as possible.
The fan favorite Cutrone was Milan’s top scorer of the past season, scoring 10 goals in 17 league starts. Labelled as the ‘future Inzaghi’, the 20-year-old has established himself as a great finisher and a goal poacher. He surprised all Milan fans and instantly became a fan favorite.
Although Cutrone proved himself and had an amazing season, Gattuso believes the striker is too young to fully rely on. The striker will most likely be on the bench next season as a second choice striker but he will not be sold.
Silva is a very promising talent, his style of play is a joy to watch and is a Portuguese national team player. He had a rough season, only scoring 2 league goals, though he only started 7 times. He wasn’t a regular starter and was a third choice striker, not getting too much playing time.
Higuain’s arrival means Silva will most likely be sold or loaned out, with clubs like Monaco, Wolverhampton, and Galatasaray interested in the 22-year-old. He has the potential to be a great striker but if he is to stay at AC Milan his game time could become very limited.
Milan also made it clear that they want a real goalscorer, someone that can score any time and when the team need him, a trait Silva didn’t show yet.