Scouting Simone Zaza: Rumored AC Milan Transfer Target

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Scouting Simone Zaza: Rumored AC Milan Transfer Target
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As if the Milan attack didn't already have enough atrocious hairstyles, the rumored Simone Zaza signing would take them to all new heights.

It's a name not many people know about outside of Italy. As a matter of fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find any Serie A fans who know much about the 21-year-old striker who has been terrorizing the Italian Serie B this season with Ascoli.

Part of the vaunted Atalanta youth system that has produced a few quality players currently at Milan (Giampaolo Pazzini, Riccardo Montolivo), Zaza joined Ascoli on loan from Sampdoria to get more playing time in the improving second division.

The Serie B is going back to the old days when the Italian giants would use the Serie B as a feeder league. Now more than ever, it's producing quality players who can make a seamless leap to Serie A. Even though Zaza's agent denied contact with Milan over a month ago, there's no smoke without a fire.

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Milan is exploiting the Serie B more than ever, having already signed two quality second division players over the January transfer window—Riccardo Saponara and Bartosz Salamon, both of whom will look to make a significant impact next season with the Rossoneri.

Back to Zaza.

He has scored 18 goals this season for a poor Ascoli side, combining his physical prowess with decent pace and technique. He reminds one a bit of a young Christian Vieri—not the current one who can be found spraying club-goers with Grey Goose until the early-morning hours.

Having watched a few Ascoli games this season, you can clearly see what the hype is about. He's a modern striker who is just as comfortable with the ball in the air or at his feet. Standing at around 6'2", Zaza can score in a multitude of ways and is part of a new Italian generation that focuses more on attacking flair than defensive prowess.

Simone Zaza goals 2012-2013

Zaza is the perfect candidate to lead the front line for Milan, where he can relieve Mario Balotelli and give coach Massimiliano Allegri a different look up front with the possibility of Super Mario switching to either flank.

We know about the current youth policy at Milan, and here's a prime candidate to keep your eyes on in the coming months. Whichever team manages to snap up Zaza this summer will have their attacker for the next decade.

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