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Juventus and AC Milan battle it out for Noah Okafor

Juventus and AC Milan battle it out for Noah Okafor
Image credits: Noah Okafor / UEFA Champions League / Twitter

Juventus and AC Milan have emerged as the top candidates to seal the signature of RB Salzburg forward Noah Okafor this summer.

The Swiss striker has been tipped with a move away this summer, after a couple of windows where a transfer seemed likely, yet didn't materialise.

Italian journalist Rudy Galetti on Saturday revealed that Juventus and Milan are both still in the race for Okafor.

Both clubs are interested in the forward, who could leave the Austrian club this summer. Salzburg reportedly want around €30 million to offload him.

Galetti adds that the price tag is 'negotiable', leveraging on the one year left on his contract.

Okafor bagged 10 goals and five assists in all competitions for Salzburg last season, in a relatively underwhelming season when compared to his prior one, not helped buy a metatarsal fracture that ruled him out of the final few games.

Juventus have undergone a turbulent time of late, with controversies off the pitch prompting a season without UEFA Champions League football for the first time since 2011/12, a season they then went on to win the league unbeaten in.

As a result, a number of players are apparently on their way out leaving them with a depleted squad full of youngsters. They are pretty well-stocked up front, with Moise Kean, Arkadiusz Milik, Dusan Vlahovic, Kaio Jorge and Timothy Weah all being options. However, Vlahovic is being linked with a move away, and with no Champions League football, he could be more eager to leave.

Okafor is hence a viable option for the Bianconeri, yet will have to look for players in other key positions first, including at centre-back and possibly in midfield.

On the other hand, Milan are desperate for a new striker, with Divock Origi and Olivier Giroud realistically the only two senior options for the Rossoneri, with Lorenzo Colombo, Marko Lazetic and Marco Nasti also on the books, but will most likely be loaned out.

The Rossoneri struggled for goals last season, racking up 64 league goals, primarily because they did not have a focal point capable of leading the line, other than Giroud.

Milan have long been linked with the Swiss forward, and the San Siro seems to be the perfect destination for him, however, given Milan's limited transfer budget, Salzburg will have to lower their asking price to ensure a sale to the Rossoneri.


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