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Jeff Hendrick. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jeff Hendrick. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Jeff Hendrick. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jeff Hendrick will take his time before considering his next career move - and AC Milan are one of the clubs monitoring his situation.

The Burnley player is out of contract at the end of the season and there was surprise last week when Sky Sports linked the Italian giants with a move for the Dubliner.

But it's understood that the interest is genuine with Hendrick's contractual position leaving him well placed heading into what is likely to be an abridged summer window with the Covid-19 crisis certain to impact on spending levels around Europe.

The 28-year-old has been offered a new deal by Burnley, where he's featured in 24 out of their 29 Premier League games this term.

However, the Irish international's status as a proven top-flight player that can be signed without the need for a transfer fee has expanded the options available to him.

He has interest from a number of current Premier League clubs and is contemplating waiting to see how the relegation battle pans out so he gets a full picture of where he could go.

It's believed that AC Milan have been aware of Hendrick's position for some time.

While it goes without saying that Milan and Burnley will never be viewed in the same bracket in terms of prestige and history, they aren't exactly worlds apart at this moment in time.

Stefano Pioli's side are seventh in the Serie A table, 12 points off the Champions League positions.

Burnley are tenth in the Premier League standings, nine behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Milan did finish fifth last term but missed out on Europe due to financial fair play regulations and therefore have to monitor their outlay; hence a desire to source potential 'Bosman' signings.

The major European leagues are set to be completed by August with a mini break of around a fortnight followed by the beginning of pre-season with a view to beginning 2020/'21 activity in mid-September.

However, there is an expectation that the transfer window may remain open until the start of October. Staying with Burnley remains a distinct possibility, but playing a waiting game should leave Hendrick with a stronger hand.

Irish Independent


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