Leeds United are set to miss out on Bodo/Glimt midfielder Jens Petter Hauge with him on the verge of joining AC Milan, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Earlier this week, CalcioMercato reported that Leeds are “in the front row” to sign the 20-year-old Norwegian with Atalanta also keen to sign him.
Former Sheffield United and Norway striker Jan Aage Fjortoft, who is now a broadcaster, reported on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that AC Milan have been in the hunt to sign Hauge since June but three other clubs also want to sign him.
In response to Fjortoft’s tweet, Sky Sports Italy journalist Romano shared an update by saying that Hauge is “close to [joining] Milan”.
he’s close to join Milan my friend… 👀😄
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 26, 2020
It’s no shock that Milan are the team who’ve won the race to sign Hauge.
Although Leeds are a Premier League club that have a top manager in Marcelo Bielsa, who offers plenty of chances to young players, the San Siro is a tough place to turn down.
Especially as Hauge has recently played against – and scored against – Milan in the Europa League when he netted and assisted a goal in Bodo/Glimt’s 3-2 defeat at the San Siro on Thursday.
In the current 2020 Norwegian season, Hauge has scored a stunning 14 goals and assisted a further nine in 17 Eliteserien appearances.
The Norway Under-21 international has also scored three goals and assisted two in Bodo’s Europa League qualifying campaign, which ended with the defeat in Milan this week.
Fjortoft has reported that Milan have scouted a lot of young talents in Europe and came to the conclusion that Hauge is “the best in Norway” and his display against them on Thursday only confirmed what they already knew.
AC Milan made a “scan” of all young talents playing in the “lower leagues” in Europe. And Jens Petter Hauge came up as the best in Norway already in June. The game this week just confirmed the findings of the “data-team” https://t.co/eanGSyVtwd
— Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) September 26, 2020
Leeds do seem to have missed out on a very good young player here and that is a shame because Bielsa has been widely reported to have wanted a new wide midfielder.
Hauge would’ve been a great addition to Leeds’ left-flank with him clearly able to score goals for fun in that position.
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