If you followed the Celtic transfer window, you’ll be fully aware that Milan were interested in Kristoffer Ajer.
The Norwegian, who has become a key player at Parkhead since his transfer from Start in 2016, was one of the options for Stefano Pioli’s side to bolster their defence, but Neil Lennon and co’s asking price for their man put them off.
During the recent international break, the 22-year-old was asked to comment on his situation, and he made it very clear he is happy at Celtic, a club he has learned to love over the years, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stay there forever.
His contract currently runs out in 2022, so there’s no rush in that department for now, but next summer would see him enter the final year of it, which tends to be the perfect time for players to try something new.
Tuttosport are very aware of this, and while a return from Milan in January seems difficult, they aren’t discarding one once the campaign ends.
The Italian newspaper explain that if the Serie A side do make a push in the upcoming window, ‘it’ll be known in the next couple of months’, but otherwise ‘it isn’t excluded Milan could return to think about him’ in the summer ‘especially if Pioli’s squad join the Champions League’.
Furthermore, Simon Kjaer will be 31 then, and with his deal expiring in 2022, there might be a need for a replacement.
We’re a long way off that for now, but it’s just a heads up this story could be one that drags on over the course of the season.
You’ve been warned.