AC Milan are close to acquiring the Croatian forward, Andrej Kramarić, who as reports suggest will pack his bags for Italy this summer and leave Hoffenheim after spending 3 seasons with the German side.
Andrej Kramarić has made a name for himself in the World Cup 2018 when Croatian team impressed the world with their performances that earned them a spot in the finals. While it was a collective effort of the whole team, Kramarić did play a key role in the historic achievement for his nation, appearing in all the matches for Croatia. Following an impressive performance in 2018, Kramaric did not fail to amaze us with what he has shown this season in Hoffenheim, a team he joined in 2016 for only €11m, following a difficult spell at Leicester.
Since the summer of 2016, when Kramarić joined Hoffenheim, his value as a player and a forward only grew. It did not take him long to prove his worth, finishing the first season with 18 goals and 8 assists in 36 appearances for his club. In the season that followed he performed slightly worse, however, still impressed with 13 goals and 9 assists in 42 appearances. With no signs of him stopping, Kramarić ended the 2018/19 season with impressive numbers once more. In the 2018/19 season alone, Kramarić played a total of 30 games in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim, during which he scored 17 goals and added 4 assists. Across all competitions, however, Kramarić scored 22 goals and added 5 assists in 37 appearances for his club.
With impressive numbers Kramarić managed to put up season after season, even going so far to finish among the top 3 goalscorers in the Bundesliga despite not playing for Borussia or Bayern Munich, it’s only normal he has attracted a lot of attention from European clubs, with AC Milan reportedly the first in line to sign the Croatian player.
As it was reported by SKY Sports in Germany, the move of Andrej Kramarić into AC Milan is nearly complete, with only a few formalities left to be taken care of. As it stands, Kramarić still has a contract with Hoffenheim, which ties him with the German side until June 2022. With no release clause in the deal, we can only speculate the amount of money Hoffenheim will ask to get in return for their star player, though it was reported that the player’s agent is hoping to get somewhere in the region of €30-40 million.
While there are reports flying around claiming Andrej Kramarić’s move is close to finished, there is still no official statement from the club. In a press conference, Kramarić’s agent Vincenzo Cavalieri confirmed AC Milan and Andrej Kramarić have been talking but also added that Andrej Kramaric has a lot of clubs interested in him as a result of impressive 2018/19 season. Keeping the transfer covered in mist, Cavalieri did give AC Milan fans something to be positive about, stating there is a good chance Andrej Kramarić will end up in AC Milan, especially with Boban, as the Chief Operating Officer of the Rossoneri. Talking about Boban, Cavalieri stated:
“Certainly he [Boban] can be an advantage for Milan if they want to sign Kramarić. Boban follows the Croatian national team a lot, where Kramarić plays with great continuity.”
As it stands now, we are only left with speculations and reports that link Kramarić with AC Milan. While it all seems like the deal might go through, we will have to wait a few more days/weeks to get more insight on the transfer that would bring Kramarić in the Rossoneri family.