Pedulla: Maldini moves early to beat Juventus and Man City to Empoli star – his strategy

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have met with the Empoli management to try and jump ahead of their competitors in the race to sign Kristjan Asllani, a report claims.

Our colleagues at reported recently that Milan are hoping to use their excellent relations with Empoli – as seen by the Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer deals – to overcome the competition of Inter for the Albanian midfielder.

The Tuscan side are asking for around €10m to sell the 20-year-old Asllani, who can play either in a three-man midfield as the regista or mezzala, and also in a double pivot.

He has different characteristics from both Krunic and Bennacer, as Asslani loves to hit long and direct balls towards the strikers, the winger or the overlapping of full-backs.

Now, Alfredo Pedulla is reporting that there was a meeting between Milan and Empoli over the Albanian midfielder, who Maldini wants to bet on. Milan would also be willing to pay the €10m to sign him and to leave him on loan for a season at Empoli.

Why did Maldini move early? Asllani has Inter, Juventus and Manchester City watching his progress, so the director hopes to have used the right strategy before it becomes an auction.

Tags AC Milan Kristjan Asllani


  1. Yep, that’s the way. Pick up this talent early, leave him on loan for a season and then bring him in. In a way it’s the Juve/Atalanta model.

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