Inter Milan are reportedly interested in Croatian midfielder Milan Badelj, who has been on the radar of Chelsea and AC Milan.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport are claiming that Inter Milan are showing interest in Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj. Badelj, who has been regularly linked with a move to Chelsea and AC Milan in the recent past, is now on the radar of new Nerazzurri boss Stefano Pioli.
Milan Badelj arrived at Fiorentina from Bundesliga side Hamburg SV on deadline day of the summer transfer window in 2014. The 27-year-old has since cemented his place in the Serie A side, racking up a total of 48 league appearances over the two seasons.
The Croatian international has featured in all but two of Fiorentina’s league games this season, starting 11 of them with a return of 1 goal and 1 assist. The holding midfielder has provided stability in the midfield and his performances have drawn attention from the likes of AC Milan and Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is seeking additions to the midfield and Badelj has been touted as one of the targets for the Italian for January. AC Milan have been interested in Badelj too, with the player’s agent even admitting that AC Milan is their preferred destination.
Inter Milan manager Stefano Pioli has now joined the list of admirers. Inter Milan’s exit from the Europa League may force the Nerazzurri into selling a few of their squad. Pioli is seeking reinforcements for his midfield and has convinced Inter’s new investors to let him sign one of two of his targets — Badelj and Genoa’s Tomas Rincon.
The 27-year-old’s current contract is set to expire in 2018 and with less than two years left on his current deal, Fiorentina might want to cash in on the player. It appears like there will be a three-way tussle for Badelj, which could help the Viola in gaining a considerable amount for the holding midfielder.
Chelsea, AC Milan and Inter Milan all seem to have enough cash to compete with each other at this stage and Badelj’s final destination is likely to depend on his preference of league and club.