The brother and agent of Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga appears to have confirmed that he held talks about a potential move to AC Milan.
The 23-year-old has been in sensational form this season for the Neroverdi, netting seven goals and adding two assists in 23 league appearances and drawing admirers from some big clubs.
It was reported back in December that Milan had joined the race to sign Boga, while Catalan publication Sport claimed that Barcelona are ready to present an offer for him as part of a partnership between themselves and Sassuolo.
Meanwhile, Chelsea apparently also have a £3.5m (€4m) buy-back option which was inserted when he left Stamford Bridge for Italy two years ago.
Now, the player’s brother Daniel Boga – who also happened to be his representative – has given an update on Jeremie’s future to the Punto Nuovo Sport Show.
“Gattuso? Personally, I have never had relationships or conversations with him, even in the days of Milan,” he said (via Calciomercato.com).
“There may have been contacts between the two clubs at the time, but I don’t know if he ever expressed interest in my brother.
“Will Jeremie leave Sassuolo at the end of the season? We will have to talk to Sassuolo, I can’t say anything else. I can’t say, \Yes, okay, we would like to go to this or that club,’ because if Sassuolo tells us that they don’t want to let Jeremie leave, then it would create a big problem.
“Therefore, we must work to find the solution with Sassuolo and its management. However, he has great respect for the fans and would like to end his adventure with the club well. Football is strange. I can’t tell you today what could happen in two days, let alone next season.
“It would be impossible to say ‘Yes, [he will] stay in Serie A also next year’ and then maybe tomorrow some great offers arrive from, I don’t know, Spain, Germany, France or whatever, and decide to accept them.
” What I can tell you is that Jeremie would like to stay in Italy, because by now he knows their football, he likes the atmosphere, but we will see what the future holds. To date I cannot guarantee that he will remain 100% in Serie A.”