Conte has already chosen the new AC Milan number 9

Antonio Conte and AC Milan are already planning the squad for next season. The Italian coach wants to bring a familiar face at the Rossoneri.

Stefano Pioli is expected to leave AC Milan and make room for Antonio Conte at the end of the season. Now, even figures close to the club management, confirm that the cycle of Stefano Pioli is over and the Rossoneri need a new figure with fresh energies. That figure will be Antonio Conte who has agreed a three-year contract with AC Milan as reported by earlier.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played a key role in convincing Antonio Conte to join AC Milan. The former Swedish striker serves as senior advisor to Gerry Cardinale and RedBird. Ibrahimovic has recently eclipsed CEO Giorgio Furlani becoming the main public figure of the club. Ibrahimovic is now running the show and he is already planning the upcoming summer transfer window in collaboration with Antonio Conte.

Conte is oriented to use his traditional 3-5-2 formation that brought him trophies everywhere but that system will overhaul the Rossoneri’s attack. The Italian coach has reportedly already chosen the player to lead the attack for next season. Antonio Conte wants to reteam with Romelu Lukaku at AC Milan. The two enjoyed success while at Inter winning the Serie A title in 2021.

Conte was the main sponsor of Romelu Lukaku’s signing convincing Inter to spend €74 million for his services in 2019. The Belgian striker eventually left to join Chelsea for a record fee of €113 million before returning to Inter with unimpressive results last season. The 30-year-old Belgium international is currently playing on loan at Roma.

While Roma are having a difficult season, Lukaku has still scored 15 goals and provided 2 assists in 28 appearances with the Italian club. In Conte’s plans, Romelu is still the perfect powerful leading man to be supported by a second striker or false nine, like Zirkzee for example. The market value of Lukaku is now around €30 million.

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