AC Milan to make move for Lille star

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AC Milan to make move for Lille star

Raiding the Champions

If a side other than Paris Saint Germain win the Ligue 1 title, it is almost inevitable that their squad will be raided by other clubs.

This was shown when Monaco won the title in 2016/17. A consequence of their impressive campaign, Monaco lost nine players on permanent deals (as per transfermarkt), including the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea, for a combined 150 million pounds.

This meant that, when Lille lifted the title on the final day, they were surely resigned to losing some of the club’s key players.

Goalkeeper Mike Maignan has already left the French club for AC Milan, while Boubakary Soumare is set to join Leicester City in the Premier League.

Full-back Zeki Celik is also thought to have attracted interest from Arsenal.

Yazici out the door?

And now it looks as though yet another Lille star is potentially heading out the exit door, with Milan thought to be mulling over a move for Yusuf Yazici, the Turkish midfielder.

The Rossoneri are in need of a creative force after losing Yazici’s compatriot Hakan Calhanoglu on a free transfer to city-rivals Inter. The Lille man managed fourteen goals and five assists in 42 appearances last season, forming a fine partnership with fellow Turk Burak Yilmaz.

However, the European Championships may have dented the 24-year-old’s value, with Turkey having failed to impress despite a strong line-up on paper.

It could well prove to be another astute signing for Milan, however, who have already splashed around 40 million pounds on Fikayo Tomori and Maignan, aiming to build on their strong second-placed finish in 2020/21.

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This article was edited by
Conor Laird.



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