In what could be deemed one of the most surprising transfer rumours of the summer, Italian giants AC Milan have shown a keen interest in signing Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick on a free transfer, according to Sky Sports.
AC Milan Keen on Irish International Jeff Hendrick
Out of Contract at Turf Moor
Signed from Derby County in August 2016 for a then club-record fee of £10.5m, Hendrick has been a fantastic servant for The Clarets during his four-year tenure at the club.
With 139 appearances for the Lancashire outfit, initial talks with Hendrick over a new contract remain in place, as Sean Dyche’s side are hopeful of keeping him at Turf Moor.
Hendrick has resumed training with Burnley, however, the talk of a move to illustrious AC will no doubt be in the forefront of his mind.
What will Hendrick Bring to AC Milan?
Just like their city rivals, AC Milan now plan on tapping into the English market for talent, most evidently with their pursuit of Wigan defender Antonee Robinson in January, a deal which ultimately fell through.
54 caps for the Republic of Ireland, Hendrick’s performances were instrumental in helping his national side to reach the Round of 16 at Euro 2016, where they narrowly missed out on a Quarter-final place to hosts France.
A slick midfield player with an eye for a pass, the Irishman is also no stranger to the scoresheet, as seen by his thunderous volley vs Chelsea last April.
AC Milan will no doubt feel they are getting a bargain here, with Hendrick being a free agent at the end of June.
His current wage is also undeniably affordable for such a profit-rich club, and if this proposed deal goes ahead, Hendrick would be the first Irish player to wear the famous black & red stripes of the Rossoneri, since Paddy Sloan in 1948.
Reports suggest several other Premier League clubs have kept a keen eye on Hendrick in recent weeks, however, the seven-time Champions League winners look the most likely suitors for the 28-year-old Irishman.
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