Emil Roback from Sweden will come to strengthen the Milan Primavera; he arrives from Hammarby, in which Zlatan Ibrahimović owns a stake.
News broke in recent days that 17-year-old Swedish striker Roback will join Milan and become a part of the Rossoneri’s Primavera squad of Federico Giunti.
Roback arrived in Italy and underwent the medical check-ups. Today, the official statements arrived both from Milan and from Hammarby, which is the club Ibrahimović part-owns and with whom he briefly trained during the Coronavirus lockdown in Italy.
“Milan announces the signing of the Swedish forward, Emil Pakebba Joof Roback, on a permanent transfer,” the Rossoneri wrote in a statement on Friday evening.
His now-former club wrote: “Hammarby has agreed with Milan on the transfer of Roback. The 17-year-old offensive talent leaves the Green and White outfit and continues his career in one of the world’s biggest clubs. ‘We wish Emil great luck’, says Hammarby’s director of sport Jesper Jansson.
“Before this year’s season, Roback signed a contract with Hammarby‘s first team, after three years in the club’s Academy. At the same time, there has been interest in Emil from foreign clubs for some time and now it is clear that the striker is leaving Hammarby for Milan.
“‘We are very proud to get such a big move for a player from our Academy. Several big clubs in Europe wanted to get Emil and at the end Hammarby agreed with two clubs, so it is Emil who made the final choice. The negotiations with Milan were a positive experienced and we had a good dialogue throughout the process’, says Jansson.
“With Roback now leaving, his only first team appearance in a competitive context was against Göteborg in the Cup quarter final. He’s never had an Allsvenskan match in Green and White. ‘In the best of worlds, the players who go all the way through our own ranks will have to run out in front of our home fans before moving on. But the offer was so good, and in addition there was a strong request from Emil to complete the transition,’ says Jansson and continues:
“‘As I said, it is a move big for the club, and our Academy, with director Joakim Rydberg and head coach Martin Sundgren at the helm deserve all the praise they can get. We have recently signed a new contract with Aimar Sher, and now we get to this transfer for Emil – both players who have been trained in our Academy. We are really beginning to see the results of the hard determined work that has been done in the Academy for a long time. We now wish Emil good luck, and it will be interesting to follow the continued development of such great talent at Milan.'”
It is believed that Milan paid around €1 million plus bonuses for the young talent, who will try to help the Primavera have a strong run in their first season back in the first division.