Serbian star linked with exit from Florence this summer.
AC Milan have made direct contact with Fiorentina over a potential transfer for Adem Ljajic, according to the player’s lawyer.
The 23-year-old was expected to enter into negotiations with the Viola this week over an improved contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.
However, the Serbian international is still on holiday and isn’t expected to hold talks any time soon, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t re-sign with the club according to his lawyer Alex Vaiata.
Vaiata did reveal that the Rossoneri have made a direct enquiry with Fiorentina over his future, and should the clubs come to an agreement then there is no reason why Ljajic wouldn’t sit down with both parties and decide on his future.
“We know of Milan’s interest, but the Rossoneri have not contacted Adem or his representatives. They enquired after him directly to Fiorentina,” lawyer Alex Vaiata told MilanNews.it as reported by football-italia.net.
“The two clubs will discuss the matter and, if they reach a deal with Fiorentina, then it is up to us to talk personal terms.
“I wouldn’t say a split from Fiorentina is inevitable. So far we haven’t been called up, so there are no negotiations, but just because Ljajic is not in Florence right now.
“When he returns, we’ll be able to talk things over with Fiorentina and see if there is a chance of a renewal. This depends on what the club wants, because if they have decided to sell him to Milan, then it’s not a problem. We’ll take anything into consideration.”
Vincenzo Montella’s side have a number of issues this summer, including the expected departure of Stevan Jovetic.
The Montenegrin international has been linked with a €30m switch to Manchester City this week, and if he does decide to leave then it is unlikely that Fiorentina will want to sell Ljajic in addition.
However, much will firstly depend on whether the clubs can agree on a deal, but then it remains to be seen whether or not the youngster can successfully agree on a new contract in Florence.
Should talks fail, then the Viola would be more inclined to sell to Milan this summer in order to avoid the chance of losing Ljajic for nothing in twelve months time.