According to reports in the Italian media this afternoon, AC Milan have lodged a complex loan bid for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Milinkovic-Savic, a 23-year-old Serbian international, arrived at Lazio from Genk in the summer of 2015 with weighty expectations on his young shoulders.
He initially struggled to adapt to life in the Italian capital, but began to find his feet midway through his first season, before announcing himself onto the world stage with a number of phenomenal performances for Simone Inzaghi’s men both during the 2016/17 campaign and this past season.
His incredible engine and eye for goal led a number of Serie A sides to express an interest in Savic’s services last summer, but Biancocelesti President Claudio Lotito proved characteristically stubborn during negotiations.
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In addition, rumours began to circulate towards the end of the summer that interest in Savic, who notched 14 goals across all competitions last season, spanned beyond the confines of Italy, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola named as a huge admirer of the talents of the all-action Serbian star.
These reports were subsequently backed by a number of Italian media outlets, who previously claimed that City were ready to launch a big-money bid for Savic this summer.
However, the Citizens subsequently switched their attentions to Napoli star Jorginho (who they have since missed out on to Chelsea), suggesting that Guardiola is in the market for a more deep-lying midfielder, rather than an attack-minded one like Savic.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus have since been named as the front-runners in the race for Savic, with Real viewed as the most likely destination, with Los Blancos no doubt on the lookout for a high-profile signing or two following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
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But, after Italian outlet La Stampa first reported 2 weeks ago that a new suitor, in the form of AC Milan, had emerged in the hunt for Savic’s services, an update from La7 (via Milannews.it) this afternoon has claimed that an offer has now been tabled by the Rossoneri.
The apparent bid on the part of the San Siro outfit is as complex as one could possibly imagine, coming in the form of a 40 million Euro loan with option to buy next summer, when Milan would fork over a further 55 million Euro, plus 2 players.
However, if such an offer has arrived at the desk of Claudio Lotito, it is highly-likely to be rejected, with the Lazio president having stated on numerous occasions that he is only interested in straight-cash bids for his side’s prized possession.
Exactly how much the capital outfit are seeking for Milinkovic-Savic is not clear, though, with figures varying from 120 million Euro up to a massive 150 million Euro.