Tuttosport: Milan reignite interest in Udinese star after two previous pursuits

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have firmly rekindled their interest in Lazar Samardzic who they believe could replace Brahim Diaz, according to a report.

This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) confirms that Samardzic has once again become a target for Milan ahead of the summer transfer window opening as they look to address the playmaker role.

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara tried for Samardzic before opting to sign Charles De Ketelaere, but now they are gone and his name has re-emerged as a candidate to help the shift from a pure 4-2-3-1 under Stefano Pioli to more of a 4-3-3.

The 21-year-old has been at Udinese for two seasons, collecting 37 appearances in the 2022-23 Serie A campaign with 5 goals and 4 assists to his name. Napoli saw an offer of €15m rejected but remain interested, as do Lazio.

However, Milan have been after him for some time and they tried to sign him when he was with Hertha BSC. He was ‘one step away’ then as his family even came to the city, spoke to Maldini and evaluated his options.

However, he eventually opted for a move closer to home, joining RB Leipzig. This summer could be the right time for the paths to finally meet.

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    1. I read reports that we are waiting for his agent to get a license in Italy so that the deal can go through. Rest all is wrapped up

  1. Diaz did more in terms of goals and assists. Even if this Samardzic did shine against Milan I doubt he’ll be the upgrade we need. We need a #10 who can score or assist double digits per season. Something that e.g. SMS would do.

    1. The simple truth is that to be competitive next season we need 3 big players at least.

      I would go for
      Hojaland / Okofor
      SMS / Zanilo
      Pulisic / Chukwueze

      The above with 1 or 2 free transfers and bringing back Colombo would be ideal

      1. Everyone of this list would be good but Pulisic. He isn’t mentally strong enough to be a top player and play consistently. That is how his play levels usually are. He is a Messi for about 4 weeks a year, when he feels good, and Messias for the rest of the season. We already have Messias, we need an upgrade…

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