AC Milan are not as close to closing the signing of Jens Petter Hauge from Bodo/Glimt as some reports are suggesting, according to one journalist.
On Friday morning we reported exclusively that Milan are very keen on landing the Norwegian youngster and that the Rossoneri are expected to make a serious move for the player in the coming days, having already contacted Hauge’s agent.
Since then a number of major outlets have reported that Milan are closing in on striking a deal with Bodo/Glimt at around the €5m mark.
MilanNews contacted Jonas Bergh-Johnsen – a journalist for Eurosport Norway – to get the latest on Hauge.
In Italy, the name of Hauge is on everyone’s lips after the great performance against Milan in the Europa League, with the Rossoneri actually very interested in the player. What is the latest from Norway?
“The latest news tells us that Hauge is really convinced that this transfer market session is the best opportunity for him to leave Bodø/Glimt,” he said.
“After his transfer to Cercle Brugge was not completed this summer everyone was thinking, himself and the club included, which would remain in Norway to finish the season and fight for the title.
“But with the first place in Eliteserien now almost confirmed, and his great moment of form, Hauge wants to leave now. There is a lot of interest in him, both the player and the agent have confirmed the interest of big clubs, but today I spoke to Frode Thomassen, manager of Bodo, and he told me that there is currently no concrete offer. However, he is aware that Hauge will probably leave this week.”
Are many clubs interested in Hauge?
“Yes, there are many teams interested in the player. Big clubs are monitoring the situation, Manchester United observed him several times. I also heard that Dinamo Zagreb had made a €3million offer which was later turned down.”
Do you think he will come to Milan in the end?
“I don’t know. I don’t think his transfer to Milan is as close to closure as many think.”
Should the transfer to Italy take place, is Hauge ready for the big leap in such a competitive championship?
“With the progress Hauge made last year and the performance he offered at San Siro, I don’t see why he can’t do well right away in Serie A.”