Scouting Simone Zaza: Rumored AC Milan Transfer Target

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor IApril 23, 2013

PADOVA, ITALY - MARCH 20:  Simone Zaza of Italy U 21 attends an  Italy U 21 press conference on March 20, 2013 in Camposanpiero near Padova, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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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.

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.

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.