When Adem Ljajic was signed by Manchester United in January 2009 there was obvious excitement at the future potential of a teenage Serbian talent tipped for stardom.
But while fellow recruit Zoran Tosic was granted a work permit - the Home Office had different ideas about Ljajic.
With a permit denied the plug was pulled and Ljajic joined Italian outfit Fiorentina instead.
Since then he has come on leaps and bounds - with last season probably the best of his career so far.
And with Fiorentina looking imperious throughout pre-season he may even have a chance of winning the Scudetto with the club next season.
However that is dependent on whether he stays with the club or not - with an apparent move to AC Milan gathering momentum.
The other week it seemed everything was hunky-dory - with reports of a new deal in the pipe-line.
But when Vincenzo Montella left him out of the team to face Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol - a game in which La Viola dealt out a 7-0 pasting - it became clear that his contract talks were stalling.
With that, the 23-year-old was linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City - however a move to AC Milan always seemed to be his prerogative.
The deal reportedly fell off of the Rossoneri radar when the club failed to remove Robinho from the wage structure - but a deal is now back on.
AC Milan have had a bid rejected for the player this week - but reports suggest he has agreed personal terms with the club.
Talks are ongoing between club and player this week - but Fiorentina have made it clear that should he not accept their latest offer he will be sold, rather than leave on a free transfer next summer:
‘’Let it be clear, though, that if he doesn't accept our offer, then he goes onto the transfer market. We're not going to have the scenario we had with Riccardo Montolivo again.’’
Montolivo left Fiorentina for nothing after a similar contract wrangle 12 months ago and the club refuse to be burned by Milan for the second year in succession.
With that in mind it looks increasingly likely that Ljajic will be playing at the San Siro next season.
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