Hungary coach Marco Rossi has seemingly revealed that AC Milan are one of three teams in the running for Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai.
Calciomercato.com reported earlier in the week that Milan have already started planning and thinking about the future, which will see them build around young, talented and hungry players.
With the future of Franck Kessie in the balance Szoboszlai’s candidacy has advanced strongly, the report added, with the Rossoneri having joined Lazio in the race to sign the 19-year-old.
His performances this season – in which he has amassed four goals and seven assists in all competitions – have attracted the interest of top clubs, and he has been likened to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic due to his dribbling, running and shooting.
Rossi spoke to Italian media outlet PassioneInter.com on Saturday about the teenager, and seemingly revealed that there are three Italian sides wanting to sign him.
“I spoke with him and also with his agent, with whom I have a very good relationship. And the agent told me, until recently, before the chaos for the coronavirus broke out, that they had several offers from Italy and that in all probability he would come to Italy,” he said (via sempreinter).
“The circle narrows down to the two Milanese clubs and Lazio. His agent was very confident, the idea was that he would come during the winter break, then for a number of reasons they postponed until June. I don’t know if things have changed now.”
On whether the talks had progressed past initial inquiries, he added: “Yes, yes absolutely. Clearly, they didn’t tell me the details, but I think so. I think they’re already negotiating with one of the three teams I’ve mentioned, although I can’t tell you with which of the three.
“They see in Italy a chance for further improvement. He has so much talent, an innate talent, and a great personality, which is what we think he can do a great career for. He has important technical qualities, a great right and left foot, vision of the game, even physical.
“Despite his height, he has good dynamism and speed. I think coming to Serie A would improve him in the aspect where he’s lacking, that is, in the defensive phase and in the defensive transitions, even though he’s improved lately. No league improves you more from this point of view than the Italian one.
“He is at his best in a 3-man midfield, for example in a 4-3-1-2 or a 4-3-3. As a left midfielder, but also as a trequartista. That is the position in which I think he expresses himself at his best. He has to be in the middle of the action and he has to be used in the final third.”
On who Szoboszlai reminds him of, Rossi added: “I’ll surprise you, but he reminds me a little of Max Allegri, though faster. You know, he was tall, leaning in the race. Allegri didn’t reach the top of the level because he lacked something from a dynamic point of view, while Szoboszlai has great speed too.
“This is the step he has to take. I think he could play in a team like Lazio, or Inter or AC Milan. Then it’s up to him to understand how to integrate into the tactical mechanisms and above all to understand that in Italy it’s essential to be complete.
“You have to do well in all phases. He’s a clever lad, at most he’ll struggle at the start, but if they give him a break-in period, in 3-4 months he can be ready to play as a starter.”