Lazar Samardzic, the 21-year-old midfielder who has been tearing it up for Udinese this season, is the subject of a transfer battle between Napoli and Juventus. The Azzurri seemed to be close to sealing the deal last week, but the Old Lady has made a late comeback and is now the favorite to land the Serbian, according to Italian journalists Nicolo Schira and Romeo Agresti.
In addition to negotiating with Samardzic’s father and agent, offering him a salary of €3 million per year, Juventus has reportedly sent several of its players to convince him to join the club. Udinese sporting director Federico Balzaretti confirmed the Turin club’s interest on Thursday night.
“Samardzic has a lot of admirers, both in Italy and abroad,” Balzaretti said on Sky Italia. “There have been contacts with Napoli, but there is no possibility of concluding the deal. Lazar is a very serious guy. Juventus? We haven’t received an official offer, but we know they appreciate him.”
Samardzic, who is under contract with Udinese until 2026, is valued at €20 million by Transfermarkt. He would likely bring in a much higher fee if he were to leave in the winter transfer window.