x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

AC Milan after new striker

Massimiliano Allegri, the AC Milan coach, is feeling buoyant ahead of the leaders¿ trip to Sampdoria tonight, but long-term injuries to Filippo Inzaghi and Alexandre Pato mean he wants a new striker.

Massimiliano Allegri, the AC Milan coach, is feeling buoyant ahead of the leaders' trip to Sampdoria tonight, but long-term injuries to Filippo Inzaghi and Alexandre Pato mean he wants a new striker.

"In January the priority is a great forward," Allegri told Gazzetta dello Sport given most of the goalscoring burden lies with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ronaldinho hopes to return to Milan's starting line-up after a clever goal in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Auxerre, which put the Rossoneri into the Champions League last 16 and ended the controversy over the Brazilian's late nights out. "Ronaldinho always transmits positive energy," Allegri added.

Milan's city rivals Inter have a striker shortage for the match with Parma tomorrow. Samuel Eto'o starts a three-game ban for headbutting and Diego Milito is injured, so Goran Pandev will be up front on his own.

Fixtures

Today
Sampdoria v AC Milan 9pm
Juventus v Fiorentina 11.45pm

Tomorrow
Inter Milan v Parma 6pm
Bari v Cesena 6pm
Bologna v Chievo 6pm
Brescia v Genoa 6pm
Cagliari v Lecce 6pm
Lazio v Catania 6pm
Udinese v Napoli 6pm
Palermo v Roma 6pm