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Milan raid relegated Empoli for midfielder Rade Krunic

Bosnia midfielder reportedly on his way to the San Siro

UC Sampdoria v Empoli - Serie A Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

AC Milan look to have completed a deal for Bosnia international Rade Krunic. The midfielder played for relegated Empoli last season, and he looks to be on his way to the San Siro for €8 million.

Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi told “Krunic will play for Milan next season. We’ll close the deal for €8m.”

The 25 year-old scored five goals and added six assists in 33 Serie A appearances last season. The midfielder was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for Empoli, as they were relegated on the last day of the season against Inter Milan at the San Siro. He leaves Empoli after spending four seasons at the club.

Milan have apparently started to find reinforcements for the midfielder after some departures, including Jose Mauri, Tiémoué Bakayoko, and Roberto Montolivo. Gennaro Gattuso was even forced to use players out of position at times last season after Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura were both out injured for long stretches of the season.

Although no official announcement has been made, this deal was reportedly the idea of Paolo Maldini who seems to have taken an active role in the personnel decisions at Casa Milan. We’ll see what other deals are done once official announcements are made about the manager and Sporting Director positions.