Italian outlet Calciomercato have this morning revealed that Premier League leaders Manchester City are readying a January move for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Milinkovic-Savic, a 22-year-old Serbian midfielder, 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 last season.
His incredible engine and eye for goal led a number of Serie A sides to express an interest in Savic’s services over the summer, but Biancocelesti President Claudio Lotito proved typically difficult during negotiations, reportedly turning down offers of 70 million Euro+ for his prized possession.
Reports began to circulate towards the end of the summer that interest in Savic 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.
And, backing these reports today are Calciomercato, who claim that City are preparing their first official bid for the youngster in January.
With Yaya Toure edging towards the close of his career, Fernandinho also aging and Ilkay Gundogan struggling with injury, the Citizens are said to be very much in the market for midfield reinforcements, with Savic firmly atop their list.
City’s upcoming bid is likely to alert both Manchester United and Juventus, who are thought to be the leading contenders, alongside Guardiola’s men, for the Lazio star’s signature.
PSG, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan are also thought to maintain an interest in Savic, who has racked up 4 goals and 2 assists across Serie A and the Europa League this season.