MN: Scouting and Maldini’s dressing room charge key in Hauge signing – the background

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s scouting department are the ones who should be credited with success for the signing of Jens Petter Hauge, a report claims.

As we were first to reveal on Friday morning, Milan have been serious in their pursuit of the winger since Thursday’s game against Bodo/Glimt at San Siro in the Europa League.

According to Anto Vitiello of MilanNews, ‘commendable work was carried out by the statistics and scouting department’ who followed Hauge for ‘years’ as he rose through the ranks of the Norwegian junior sides.

It was last June that chief scout Geoffrey Moncada and other good club scouts began following him very closely. Technical director Paolo Maldini and sporting director Ricky Massara had the player’s profile in their viewfinder but the Europa League match was decisive for the club to lean towards making a concrete attempt to sign him.

Hauge proved to be decisive not only in the Norwegian league but also against Milan, and at the end of the match Maldini went into the locker room to talk to the player and immediately enter into negotiations with his agent.

Hauge was not a top priority for the club because the primary goal remains a central defender, but such a tempting opportunity, with an affordable investment for a real talent had to be done.

 

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