Udinese youngster Lazar Samardzic could continue his career at Inter after the Nerazzurri overtook Juventus and Milan in the race for his signature. According to Calciomercato, Simone Inzaghi’s men have jumped at the top of the queue to land the German-born midfielder.
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has opened a dialogue with Udinese to discuss the 21-year-old’s switch to Giuseppe Meazza. The parties reportedly held a secret meeting on Thursday to understand if there’s room for agreement.
Davide Frattesi’s arrival from Sassuolo hasn’t quenched Inzaghi’s thirst for midfield reinforcements. The Italian is intended to fill the void left by Marcelo Brozovic’s move to Saudi Pro League giants Al-Nassr. However, Inter have yet to compensate for Roberto Gagliardini’s departure.
The 29-year-old has cut ties with the Nerazzurri after failing to earn a new contract in June. Samardzic boasts similar characteristics to Gagliardini, but he’s a more technical player. On top of that, he has a keen eye for goal and isn’t afraid to venture forward, a habit the Italian lacked during his time at Meazza.
Samardzic proved his attacking credentials last season. In 37 league appearances for Udinese, he amassed five goals and four assists despite playing as a deep-lying midfielder.
But as one of Serie A’s hottest prospects, the Serbia international won’t come cheap. His contract at the Dacia Arena runs out in 2026. That puts Udinese in a rock-solid bargaining position, suggesting Inter may have to break the bank to get the deal over the line.
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