AC Milan’s €7m bid not enough says Della Valle.
Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has warned Adem Ljajic that he must accept their contract offer or risk being sold as AC Milan submit an offer for the youngster.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday morning, the Rossoneri made a formal offer for the 21-year-old, with vice-president Adriano Galliani speaking with Della Valle ahead of his face-to-face talks with the player at the pre-season retreat in Moena.
Following on from those discussions, the Fiorentina owner has revealed that while Ljajic has shown a willingness to remain in Florence, he must accept the offer on the table from the club or face being placed on the market.
However, when asked about Milan’s current offer Della Valle was much more dismissive, suggesting that the €7m bid was far too low for someone of Ljajic’s quality.
“If Ljajic doesn’t renew his contract, he will be put on the market. The player has expressed his desire to stay, but let’s see what happens with the negotiations over the new deal,” he is quoted as saying by Gazzetta.
“For the future, it is better if he stays here, but it is clear, if he does not accept our offer then he will go on the market,” he concluded.
Reports in the Italian media suggest that Ljajic’s agent will meet with Fiorentina officials next week to continue discussions, while Milan now head to the USA for the conclusion of the International Champions Cup.
It remains to be seen if a deal can be reached between Ljajic and Fiorentina, with Premier League side Tottenham also credited with an interest in recent weeks.
Nevertheless, Milan appear to be in pole position to sign the talented youngster, and Galliani will undoubtedly keep a close eye on developments with an improved offer expected to arrive.