Mirabelli: “Aubameyang wanted to join Milan”

AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli said that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wanted to join the legendary Serie A club but Borussia Dortmund refused to let go of him.

Judging by Mirabelli’s interview, the Rossoneri might look for more signings in 2018, whether in January or after the world cup in the summer transfer window. A super-star striker might be the only thing AC Milan needs in order to rise again to glory.

 The Gabon international was linked with a return to Milan, the club he left for Saint-Etienne in 2011, but the transfer never came true. Instead, Milan signed Nikola Kalinić on loan from Fiorentina following the arrival of Andre Silva. 

“Aubameyang is a great player. He wanted to come to Milan, but some marriages just don’t happen, for one reason or another,” said Mirabelli via a livestreamed interview.

“Borussia Dortmund wouldn’t sell and that’s the way it went, but he remains a great striker.”

It was a busy transfer window for Milan, who overhauled their squad with the signings of Leonardo Bonucci, Lucas Biglia, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Andrea Conti, Franck Kessie and Fabio Borini.

And Milan have made a strong start to the season, winning their opening two Serie A fixtures after qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League.

Mirabelli added: “I read people say we are missing a winger and a wide midfielder, but we hope that those are the only two things we got wrong! We think we’ve done a great deal, because 11 buys are not easy.

“The team needed to be assembled, so it was impossible to fill it with too many new faces. In any case, January isn’t far away, and we are ready…

“The intention is to open up a new era, so it’s crucial to keep the average age of the squad right. We have medium to long-term objectives, but naturally we cannot think of repeating this transfer campaign.

“We realised that we had to get in there early, thinking some might underestimate us.”

This opens up many possibilites, as players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been linked to Milan.

According to “Onda Cero”, the Argentinian will not renew his Barcelona contract and will become a free agent next summer. He has agreed the terms of a new deal but didn’t sign it yet.

On the other side, the portuguese superstar could seek for a new challenge by joining AC Milan and spending the last days of his football carreer at the San Siro Stadium.

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