As Lukas Bjorklund closes in on a switch to Milan, we analyse the youngster and identify what the Rossoneri have seen to convince them to snap him up.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports that the 16-year-old is in Milan to undergo his medical, which the video below backs up, and it’s expected that he will sign his new contract in due course.
Naturally, the Swedish U17 international will be expected to come up through the ranks first and will try to make an impression for the Primavera side initially, but it’s hoped that his potential is reached and we’ll see him involved with the senior squad in the coming years.
So, who is Bjorklund and just how good is he?
Bjorklund scouting report
At just 16 years of age and with limited experience which forces us to base any assessments on raw talents at this stage of his young career, it’s difficult to offer any resounding judgements on the starlet.
That said, his physical attributes for a teenager stand out immediately given his height at 1.85m and he has six caps for Sweden U17s to his name already having made a positive impression at Malmo.
Further, the mere fact that he has appeared on Milan’s radar and we’re seemingly set to sign him would suggest in itself that he’s highly-talented, with Di Marzio noting in his report above that Inter, Bologna and Udinese were also keen on him.
Looking at the video below though, he’s clearly a real physical presence for his age as he shows good strength in shielding the ball and muscling off his marker, he boasts good technical quality and is tidy in possession, while importantly he has the composure to take his time and not rush his pass or decision-making which allows him to pick out teammates and show good quality.
As noted above though, this is ultimately a 16-year-old kid who has much to prove both in terms of his development in the coming years and his ability to potentially now have to deal with the step up in quality and expectation that will come with moving to Italy and putting on that Milan shirt regardless of the age group that he features in.
Milan can certainly do with adding more long-term creative quality and Bjorklund looks that type of player who can offer something in the final third through the middle. Don’t expect an immediate impact though if he joins as expected, as he’ll have to gradually prove his quality, improve and mature if he’s going to be a prominent figure in the first-team in the future.