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AC Milan chase €50m rated Nigerian striker Victor Boniface

Victor Boniface (1)

Italian Serie A powerhouse AC Milan are reportedly eyeing Nigerian striker Victor Boniface as a perfect alternative to Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee, according to reports from Italian media outlet Il Corriere dello Sport.

Boniface, whose transfer value is estimated at around €50 million, has been catching the attention of Milan scouts with his impressive performances for Bayer Leverkusen.

The Nigerian striker has amassed an impressive 16 goals and nine assists in 25 appearances across all competitions this season, contributing significantly to Bayer Leverkusen’s Bundesliga success. His contract with the Bundesliga leaders is set to expire in June 2028.

Having joined Bayer Leverkusen from Union Saint-Gilloise in the last summer transfer window for a fee of approximately €20 million, Boniface has quickly proven his worth in his debut season at the German club, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess and creative abilities.

With Olivier Giroud poised to depart Milan at the end of his contract in June, the Rossoneri are in the market for a new centre-forward for the 2024/25 season. While Zirkzee of Bologna remains Milan’s primary target, his hefty price tag exceeding €50 million has prompted the Rossoneri to explore other options, including Boniface.

Reports suggest that Bologna could demand a staggering €75 million for Zirkzee, a figure close to what Manchester United paid to sign Rasmus Hojlund last season. Hence, if negotiations for Zirkzee fail, Milan are prepared to pursue Boniface’s signature as an alternative.

Although the Serie A has a longstanding interest in Boniface, their previous attempts to secure his signature from Union St Gilloise were unsuccessful, leading to Leverkusen’s acquisition of the striker for over €20 million in 2023.

With Boniface contracted to Leverkusen until June 2028, any potential suitors would need to present compelling offers to tempt the German club into parting ways with their prized asset.