According to Tuttosport (via MilanNews), the future of Ilicic at Atalanta depends on Hauge's future at Milan, with the Rossoneri seeing him as the ideal replacement for the Norwegian.
Hauge is set to leave Milan for Eintracht Frankfurt, and Milan are expected to accelerate their pursuit of Ilicic as soon as the 21-year-old's move to the Bundesliga club is made official.
A report from Calciomercato.com is stating that Hauge is set to go on a new adventure in his career, going to Eintracht Frankfurt in order to get more opportunities at playing first-team football, with him clearly having the talent to succeed.
Hauge registered five goals and an assist last season for Milan, with him making 24 appearances in all competitions, yet most of them were substitute appearances in the final few minutes of games.
As a result, he has pushed for a move away from the Italian club, and after a very long process of negotiations between Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt, they have reportedly reached a total agreement for the transfer of the Norwegian for €12 million, with this being €8 million more than what Milan paid for him last summer.
Similarly, Ilicic has been trying to get a move away from Atalanta for a couple of transfer windows now, and with his contract expiring in June 2022, Atalanta will want to get some form of money in for him.
The Slovenian has struggled with personal issues over the last few years, hindering his playing time at the club, yet he still managed to play in 38 games in all competitions last season, registering seven goals and providing 11 assists as well.
He would be a decent addition to Milan's attacking line, yet it is still very questionable from the Rossoneri's management to let a player with so much potential in the form of Hauge to leave, while bringing in a player that is in his mid-thirties.