Man Utd, Man City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain all have one thing in common. A transfer rumour linking them with one of Europe’s top talents.
After impressive stints in Serbia and Belgium, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has continued his development with Lazio since 2015, and has gradually been attracting more and more interest with his impressive displays.
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The 22-year-old scored seven goals in 39 appearances from midfield last season, while he’s got four in 13 so far this year as well as offering plenty more in midfield with his energetic, tenacious and stylish performances on a consistent basis.
In turn, it’s no real surprise that the European giants named above are interested in him, with Le10 Sport reporting that ‘the whole of Europe seems crazy’ for the Serbian U21 starlet.
Pep Guardiola is mentioned specifically as an admirer, while Juve will have their work cut out to prise Milinkovic-Savic away from a Serie A rival, leaving PSG as a possibility given their financial strength and continued strategy to build a young and exciting squad following the summer signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
However, perhaps the biggest obstacle in any deal will be his valuation, as it’s added by Le10 Sport that Lazio are demanding at least €105m in order to allow him to leave the Stadio Olimpico.
There’s no denying that Milinkovic-Savic possesses great talent and has a very bright future ahead of him. Nevertheless, if Lazio aren’t willing to negotiate down from that figure, then it does raise a question mark as to whether he’s really worth splashing out so much on.
Ultimately, he will be expected to continue to improve given he’s still young and has a lot of room for development. In turn, his price-tag may well even go up in the coming years if he finds another level and so perhaps now is the best time to strike.