Badelj set for Fiorentina exit

Fiorentina are set to cash in on midfielder Milan Badelj when the transfer window reopens in January, with clubs around Europe reportedly keen on his services.

Chelsea and AC Milan have been strongly linked with a move for the Croatia international, with Antionio Conte specifically identifying the 27-year-old as a player who would fit into his tactical system.

According to Mediaset Premium, the former Hamburg defensive midfielder has refused to sign a new contract extension with the Serie A side and with only one year left on his current deal, the Viola are ready to entertain bids next month.

The Italian publication reported that Paulo Sousa's side are looking for a fee between €10m-€11m, and while working under Conte would seemingly be an attractive prospect, the lure of reuniting with former Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella at Milan could be a key factor in Badelj's next move.

Since joining Fiorentina in 2014, the former Dinamo Zagreb man has featured 91 times, scoring three goals and registering nine assists.

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