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AC Milan Offered The Chance To Sign Veteran Striker From Shandong Luneng On A Bosman

Milan need a striker in the January transfer window but Pelle might not be the one.

Shandong Luneng v Tianjin Tianhai - 2019 Chinese Super League Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images

Goal are reporting that AC Milan and Juventus have been offered the opportunity to sign former Parma and Southampton striker Graziano Pelle as his contract with Shandong Luneng in China expired this week. The 35 year old striker has been offered to the two clubs but the response from Milan is said to be ‘lukewarm’ as they do not see him as a solid option as a back up and may prefer to spend their money on a younger player for the future.

The striker has scored 63 goals and provided 24 assists in 132 games in China since 2016. Pelle interestingly is one of highest played footballers with Goal reporting that he could earn as much as 40 million euros per year which is an exorbitant amount. Milan's top paid player by comparison is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who earns 7 million euros per year net.

Pelle also notoriously underperformed in Serie A scoring just 1 goal with both Parma and Lecce in 24 games. He has been capped by Italy 20 times scoring 9 goals but has not featured since 2016 when Ventura was in charge. This deal is unlikely to work out but it seems interesting that he was offered to Milan.