Inter Milan and AC Milan are both closely monitoring young Lecce striker Nikola Krstovic in view of a possible future transfer.
This according to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri have both scouted the 23-year-old Montenegrin international’s early performances in Serie A.
Striker Krstovic has been one of the outstanding performers at the start of the Serie A season.
The 23-year-old joined Lecce from Slovak club Dunajska Streda during the summer transfer window.
The Giallorossi refreshed their squad with a number of young signings during the summer transfer window. This has been at the core of their transfer strategy under veteran Sporting Director Pantaleo Corvino.
Lecce have enjoyed a positive start to the campaign. They have taken eight points from a possible twelve in their first twelve matches.
The new signings and the players who were already at the clubs have clicked into place under new coach Roberto D’Aversa.
And perhaps the player to have caught the eye the most has been young striker Krstovic.
Inter Milan & AC Milan Both Monitoring Lecce Striker Nikola Krstovic
This summer, both of Inter and Milan made significant changes in attack.
Both the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri looked for physical target men capable of leading the line, bringing teammates into play, and battling with opposition defenders.
In the end, Inter settled on veteran former Stoke City and West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic. The 34-year-old arrived from Bologna.
And the Rossoneri brought in Serbian international Luka Jovic from Fiorentina after missing out on Porto’s Mehdi Taremi.
But neither Inter nor Milan have necessarily solved their striker issues in the long term.
Therefore, both clubs are likely to sign an out-and-out Number Nine in one of the upcoming transfer windows.
And according to the Gazzetta, Krstovic is a profile that both clubs on either side of the derby divide admire a lot.
In fact, Inter Sporting Director Piero Ausilio watched yesterday’s Serie A clash between Lecce and Monza. Krstovic was one the main players who he was observing.
The Nerazzurri executive will have doubtless been impressed by the 23-year-old’s performance and goal against the Brianzoli.
Therefore, the newspaper anticipates, there could be a “Milan deby” to sign Krstovic.
But what’s equally clear is that any club that wishes to sign the Montenegrin will have to pay 4-5 times what Lecce did.