Premier League trio Southampton, Everton and West Ham United look set to miss out on Filip Djuricic with the Serie A star expected to sign a new contract at Sassuolo, CEO Giovanni Carnevali says via Area Napoli.
The phrase ‘unfinished business’ comes to mind.
Djurcic didn’t exactly set the world alight during a short-lived loan spell at Southampton during the 2014/15 season, playing just nine games under Ronald Koeman before the Saints opted against triggering the £9 million option-to-buy clause in his contract (Sky Sports).
Djuricic has obviously done something right since that forgettable stint on the South Coast, however.
It is understood that West Ham United and Everton – who have made a new midfielder one of their priorities heading into the January transfer window – have also expressed an interest in 29-year-old Djuricic.
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But according to Sassuolo’s CEO, the technically-gifted attacking midfielder is expected to stick around for the time being with a new contract on the cards.
“We are working on it with great commitment, let’s say that there is optimism,” Carnevali explains. “For Djuricic, we are moving faster because his contract is expiring (next summer).”
Djuricic produced five goals and four assists in Serie A last season as Sassuolo upset the apple cart once again, overachieving under their highly-regarded and now-departed head coach Roberto di Zerbi.
But while Djuricic looks set to commit his future to the Neroverdi, the same cannot be said of Domenico Berardi.
Italy’s Euro 2020 champion is ready to fly the nest after spending all of his professional career at the Mapei Stadium with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City among those linked with a left-footed right-winger in the Riyad Mahrez mould.