Celtic midfielder David Turnbull is at the centre of transfer speculation, with Italian giants AC Milan reportedly considering a move for him in the upcoming January window.
This surprising development, as revealed by prominent Italian scout and intermediary Michele Fratini, hints at a possible significant shift in Turnbull’s career.
Turnbull, 24, has had a mixed season at Celtic, featuring in 14 games but starting only seven. Despite this, Celtic’s manager Brendan Rodgers remains a fan of Turnbull’s abilities and would prefer him to extend his stay beyond the 2023/24 season. However, the former Motherwell player is reportedly discontent with his limited game time, prompting him to explore options elsewhere.
He’s actually joint-top scorer in the league, despite his lack of minutes.
Fratini, speaking to Pianeta Milan, highlighted Turnbull’s talents and potential fit at AC Milan. He likened Turnbull’s playing style and movement to that of Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivan Perisic, albeit in a different role. Notably, Fratini emphasised Turnbull’s proficiency in managing the ball, initiating action, and his capability to score from long distances, making him a versatile and modern midfielder.
The scout estimated that AC Milan might need to spend at least £7 million to secure Turnbull’s services before his contract expires in May next year, which admittedly does seem like an inflated fee.
“This player – who yesterday played part of the match in Lazio-Celtic in the Champions League – plays as a central midfielder and is reminiscent of former Inter player Ivan Perišić in his movements. Different role, but he moves like him. Raised in Motherwell, he is good in managing the ball, in running the ball. He is good at blocking and initiating action. He kicks from distance, with both feet, both with the right and with the left. Tense football, polite and clean foot. He has a lot strength when loading the shot from 20-30 meters.
“He has broken verbally with Celtic and his contract expires on 31 May 2024. Signing him in January would cost 8 million euros, maximum 10. Otherwise, Milan will have to hope to be chosen next summer from a very vast list of suitors. Scottish international, like Bologna’s Lewis Ferguson, with different characteristics. Modern, complete midfielder: he scored 7 goals in 11 league games for Celtic. Very interesting profile that many Italian clubs are looking at, including Milan.”
If Milan decides to wait until next summer, they will likely face competition from a host of other clubs interested in the Scottish international.