Several top European sides have been linked with a potential move for midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. And whoever wants him will have to be ready to spend big.
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has said it will take “much more” than €90 million (£79m) to persuade the club to sell the Serbian international, who has emerged as a huge presence for the Rome-based side, and is currently considered as one of the top midfield prospects in the world.
Milinkovic-Savic is reportedly a target for teams such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, while Juventus have also included him in their shortlist of potential signings for the upcoming season. It is believed that both The Red Devils and The Old Lady are leading the race to sign him,but Tare did not confirm anything regarding a potential offer.
“We know where we want to get and I don’t like to talk about it now because we’re in the midst of a battle for many important objectives and there is a time and a place to talk about things,” he told Sportitalia.
Asked whether €80-90 million was a fair valuation, he said: “Yes — even much more. There have already been offers in this region last summer and we didn’t consider them. There are major European clubs interested in Milinkovic-Savic, but we don’t have anything definite on the table.”
For what is worth, Lazio had turned down offers of around €80-90 million because they do not think they reflected the Serbia international’s value. So whoever wants him will have to spend big and move quickly, before another team gets in the way.