Earlier today, we covered a story from Tuttosport looking at Kristoffer Ajer’s situation at Celtic and how Milan could return in the summer.
The Serie A side made no attempt to hide their interest in the Norway international, but an official move for him was never made, mostly due to the Scottish side’s reluctance to part ways with their key player.
Calciomercato dug a bit to find out more about Milan’s intentions on Wednesday ahead of the two sides facing off in the Europa League, and they’ve published the details.
It’s said Celtic asked for €25m for Ajer, a fee deemed ‘high’ by the Italians, but the upcoming game will give Ajer ‘the opportunity to shine’ in front of the eyes of those in charge of transfers at the Serie A club, which includes ‘above all’ Paolo Maldini, ‘an expert in the field of defenders’.
The former left and centre-back is said to have been ‘more focused’ on other players instead of the Norwegian, namely Leicester City’s new signing Wesley Fofana, but ‘in the European spotlight, Ajer can try to clear the last doubts’, thus ‘returning to fashion for the future of the Rossoneri defence’.
Calciomercato prelude that last paragraph with ‘In January…’, and we’ll have to see what comes of that, but if Neil Lennon was reluctant to see his star man leave in the last transfer window, we can’t see him being fond of doing so midway through the season.
Perhaps next summer is the ideal time for a deal to be struck, one year before the end of Ajer’s contract at Parkhead.