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Milan Negotiating for Ajax Winger Anwar El Ghazi

Milan are in negotiations with Dutch club Ajax for their 20 year old winger Anwar El Ghazi, but his arrival is contingent upon a departure.

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Reports from Italy have claimed that Milan are in negotiations with Eredivisie club AFC Ajax over their 20 year old winger Anwar El Ghazi, with rumors claiming that the Dutchman would apparently cost  somewhere in the region of €10 million.

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed that El Ghazi is a player that Milan has interest in, but told reporters that his arrival is impossible "Without our other wingers leaving first." Galliani is likely referring to Alessio Cerci and Stephan El Shaarawy, two players that the club is desperately trying to jettison out the door before the January window closes.

El Ghazi is certainly an impressive player.  In 40 appearances for Ajax the 6'2 winger has scored an impressive 17 goals and has already made 2 caps for the Dutch national team.  El Ghazi is considered to be a pacey and skilled winger with a keen eye for goal, but like most young players, the knock on him is that he is very inconsistent. Nonetheless, if Milan are able to get their hands on a talented young player who is able to fill their void on the right side of the pitch, it would be a coup.

The rumors going around would seem to indicate that a deal could be done quickly, and the imminent departure of Cerci would certainly help set that up. The question now is, should El Ghazi sign, whether or not he can make the jump from the Eredivisie to Serie A. It's a much different environment in Italy than the free-scoring ways of the Netherlands' top league, and he wouldn't be the first player to fail to make that adaptation. But with his talent, it'd be hard to not want to take the chance, because El Ghazi has the skill to make Milan's attack intimidating again.