AC Milan are in advanced stages in their bid to sign talented Serbian youngster Marko Lazetic, according to Fabrizio Romano. The 18-year-old striker is currently at Crvena Zvezda, also known as Red Star Belgrade, and would arrive in Milan on a permanent move.
This is clearly a move for the future. Milan failed to finalize a permanent move for Pietro Pellegri this month, who was on loan from AS Monaco. The Rossoneri are looking at bolstering their attack of the future.
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Lazetic just turned 18-years-old this month. With Milan currently competing for the Scudetto, but also deep in the fight for the top four, it’s unlikely Lazetic premiers as a first-teamer this season should the move happen.
It’s a lot more likely that Lazetic joins Milan’s Primavera (youth) squad or goes on loan whether it be to stay at his current club or elsewhere.
While playing in the Serbian second division last season, Lazetic scored four goals in 14 appearances. This season, in the top-flight for Red Star Belgrade, he has one goal in the same number of games, although he has only accumulated 370 minutes on the pitch by virtue of his role being largely as an impact sub. Those numbers don’t necessarily translate into a “win-now” move for Milan, so it’s clear this is about the future.
In five appearances for the Serbian U-19 team, Lazetic has one goal to his name.
He has a very similar build and style compared to Pellegri, showing that the Italian giants are looking for this type of striker – taller and physical, but also quite technical. Lazetic finds himself in a position where he can learn from two of the top strikers of the last decade – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud.
Milan have shown a true willingness to build for the future with transfers. More than that, they also give young players plenty of senior playing time.