Journalist Carlo Pellegatti believes that Marko Lazetic has all the potential to become a top player, but also tipped Milan to sign a striker in the summer that will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s long-term successor.
Milan confirmed last month that Lazectic has signed a contract with the club which will run until 30 June 2026. He joins with little first team experience under his belt, but he is very highly rated by those in his own country and will no doubt be eager to arrive and repay the faith of the management.
Pellegatti spoke during a Twitch stream with MilanNews and he was asked about what the teenager can bring to the Rossoneri, revealing that it was a much more simple negotiation to close than the Kaio Jorge one previously.
“I haven’t even seen his face. They told me that he is very intelligent, he already knows English perfectly and yesterday someone told me that there is not a 17-year-old striker like him in Europe right now,” he said.
“If another team had signed him, he would already be Serbia’s Maradona. We’ll see how it goes, Lazetic is a nice player with 22 on his shirt. For Kaio Jorge there were a number of commissions. Milan wanted him for a sum between three and five million euros but if you then go up and get to fourteen all inclusive, they said no thank you.
“There they didn’t go wrong but we would have been happy to see him. I don’t know him, I see they never wear him so he’s a player who, like many Brazilians, needs to settle in. It felt like mourning when we didn’t get him.”
One of the big issues that Milan will have to resolve in the coming months is the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the subsequent plans for the striker department.
“Ibrahimovic’s contract will be the result of an interview in April in the coming weeks. Ibrahimovic wants to go to the World Cup and have guarantees of being a protagonist,” he said.
“It wasn’t the relapse of last time’s tendonitis. There will be a meeting with the club and they will decide the best. We have in our eyes an Ibrahimovic who was not good against Juventus, a bit shy. He was not angry at his mistakes, he is the greatest critic of himself.”
Finally, Pellegatti spoke about what kind of striker Milan could think about for next season, with many outlets predicting a more futuristic profile to arrive but one who can contribute immediately.
“The fan is interested in having clear ideas. Elliott made a mistake, that of not replacing Calhanoglu. When Messias arrived I thought they put him there and we have to replace him with Krunic and Kessie. Calhanoglu was functional to the Milan game but he was not replaced.
“[Hugo] Ekitike’s problem is cost, Reims turned down €30m from Newcastle. For the striker I would like some prospectus to borrow. I don’t know where Scamacca will go, but for the next transfer campaign I am looking for players of international standing. Maybe it will turn out to be a boom but I would go and look for someone that gives me more security.”