According to the uber-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports, Milan are in advanced talks with Udinese over the transfer of Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski. Di Marzio also added that the negotiations started relatively lately, but due to the good relationship between the Rossoneri and the Zebrette, they have reached an advanced stage quickly, and there is optimism on both sides that the deal can be closed sooner than later.
Milan were certainly the dark horse in the race, as Zielinski has been heavily linked to both Liverpool and Napoli for months. However, despite trailing in the chase for the young Pole's signature it appears as though Milan have just edged out their competitors in the end. If Milan are able to snag Zielinski it will be the second time in this window where a late push by the Rossoneri allows them to overcome the odds to secure a player. Earlier in the summer Gianluca Lapadula was heavily linked with both Napoli and Juventus, but to everyone's surprise Milan came out of nowhere to beat out their Serie A rivals and bring the the Serie B Capocannoniere to the San Siro.
Zielinski is coming off of a very impressive season with Empoli where he scored 5 goals in 35 Serie A appearances, cementing himself as one of the peninsula's most promising young midfielders in the process. Zielinski is a technically gifted midfielder who excels at playing the ball and running at defences; because of his style Zielinski appears to be a perfect fit for newly appointed Milan manager Vincenzo Montella's system..
If Milan are able to secure the highly sought after 21 year old midfielder who already has 83 Serie A matches under his belt, it would provide quite the boost to the Rossoneri's sorry midfield.