Miha Zajc’s agent demanded a transfer from Empoli and confirmed “two Premier League clubs have shown interest,” believed to be Newcastle and Huddersfield Town.
The 24-year-old Slovenia international had been a key figure in earning promotion from Serie B, but has dropped to the bench since Beppe Iachini took over.
“Miha is a player whose style is based on technique, fantastic vision and understanding of the game,” agent Jaka Lucu told Tuttomercatoweb.
“He thinks faster than most players and (former Empoli Coach Aurelio) Andreazzoli had a similar way of viewing football, appreciating his creativity.
“Iachini’s approach is far more realistic, defensive, so naturally Zajc doesn’t fit into that approach. There’s nothing wrong with that as such, but the plans were different at the start of the season. Things have changed at Empoli.
“Miha has proved he can play at the level of a top club, even in a team under constant pressure to secure survival. It therefore makes sense to think he can move to Germany, Spain or especially England.
“I say this diplomatically, Italy will no longer be his first choice career path. It’s true that at least two Premier League clubs have shown interest in Miha. He is the kind of player who is increasingly appreciated in England, because he brings added value and the speed with which he works is ideal for the Premier League.”
According to Calciomercato.it, the English clubs who have approached Empoli for Zajc are Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town.
The price-tag would be in the region of €6m, although he could be allowed to move on loan with option to buy.
Zajc has scored two goals with three assists in 18 Serie A appearances this season.