AC Milan face strong competition in the race to sign Assan Ouedraogo from Schalke 04, a report claims, but they are currently ahead of everyone else.
According to this morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below), Milan’s scouts are not just looking into players who can make an immediate difference to the first team but also talents for the future, which Ouédraogo certainly is.
Milan are big admirers of the 17-year-old, who was a starter for Schalke’s senior side in the 2. Bundesliga before his injury at the U17 World Cup. The issue is that RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Inter and Juventus are also very keen.
Ouédraogo has 11 appearances and one goal this season for the Gelsenkirchen club, while he has a contract until 2027 that has a €12m release clause, a figure that Milan deem to be affordable.
The Rossoneri have been following him for a couple of years and chief scout Geoffrey Moncada has made guarantees to him and his entourage. That is why Milan are in pole position at the moment, and if Rade Krunic leaves then the money from the sale could get the operation done.