With AC Milan withdrawing themselves from the race for Serbian starlet Matija Popovic, Manchester City, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain may now step up their chase for the now free-agent.
Alongside his entourage, the 18-year-old arrived in Milano on Tuesday with a deal seemingly close to competition. However, this has backfired massively.
Reports have stated that this attempt to pressure the Rossoneri caused the break-down in talks, alongside the high commissions demanded and the unwillingness to negotiate these.
Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) have reported that because of the Diavolo’s exit from the chase, there is now a chance for someone to capitalise. The expiry of his Partizan Belgrade contract means he can join any club of his choice for no up-front fee, only the previously requested commissions.
Several elite European clubs have been interested in him previously, so the break-down in negotiations between the Serbian talent and Milan will only tempt these clubs to re-enter talks with him and his party.