By Will Butcher
Fiorentina star Milan Badelj has rejected an offer from Everton as he sets his sights on a move to AC Milan, according to a report.
Badelj’s impressive performance in France for Croatia during the summer generated a large amount of interest in the midfielder’s services.
Italian publication Calcio Mercato claim that Fiorentina are willing to cash in on the player for the first time but are holding out for £12.7million for the player.
It is said that Everton and Borussia Mochengladbach are among the teams who have made proposals to the player but he is keen on joining Milan and talks are set to take place in the coming days about agreeing a fee Fiorentina.
Everton have been in talks with a whole host of European talent this summer, after manager Ronald Koeman was handed a huge transfer kitty by new owner Farhad Moshiri.
The Dutchman is keen to improve the squad that he inherited from Spaniard Roberto Martinez and push for European qualification in the coming season.
Badelj made 35 appearances for La Viola last season, and is known for his tough-tackling and combative display. He picked up 11 yellow cards and one red card for his club side.
The continued pursuit of a central midfielder could spell the end for the likes of Darren Gibson and Muhamed Besic, who are considered as squad members rather than first-team regulars.
Badelj, who has represented his country at every possible age group, began his career with Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb before moving to Hamburg.
In other Everton news, the Toffees are ready to submit a £17million offer for this star defender.