CM: Yazici comes back to bite Milan after they rejected signing him – the background

By Oliver Fisher -

On Thursday night at San Siro it was the Yusuf Yazici show as the forward scored three times for Lille in their 3-0 win over AC Milan.

According to Calciomercato.com, there was a ‘two-year flirtation’ between Milan and the playmaker that never materialised into anything more concrete. In fact, it was back in 2018 that Milan were among the teams most attentive to Yazici who at that point was emerging through the ranks at Trabzonspor and had taken a spot in the Turkish national team.

However, the asking price of the Turkish club at that point was €40m and ultimately that’s what discouraged the Rossoneri. In summer 2019, Yazici’s entourage pushed for a move Italy and offered him to Lazio and Milan, who after carefully evaluating his profile decided not to move concretely.

In the end he went to Lille, but they had to wait some time to see his true capabilities, due to the rupture of the cruciate ligament that kept him out for much of last season.

Yazici is proving that he was worth the wait though: the 22-year-old have seven goals in 12 games across all competitions including six in the Europa League, making him the top scorer in the competition.

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