Chelsea are ready to take on Premier League rivals Manchester United for the signing of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
According to football.london, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has emerged as a summer target for Premier League giants Chelsea, who are set to compete with Manchester United for his signature. The Blues could be ready to offer 26-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek as part of a player-plus-cash deal.
Manchester United are longtime admirers of Milinkovic-Savic but a move never materialized despite strong links. With the Red Devils planning a midfield overhaul this summer with the departure of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, the 27-year-old is believed to be on Manchester United’s radar again.
But the Mancunian side are not the only side interested in signing him, with Chelsea also showing interest in the midfielder. The Blues would have an advantage over the other interested parties.
Current Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri wants to reunite with Loftus-Cheek in Italy and the England international, who is valued at 15-20 million euros by the CIES Observatory, can thus be used as bait to convince the Serie A team to sell the Serbian. Midfielder.
Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri: “I’m not sure that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will leave this summer because it’s not easy… but I’m convinced that if that happens Milinkovic will sign for a foreign club and not Italian”. 👀🇷🇸 #transfers
Lazio want more than €70m for Milinkovic.
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 17, 2022
Sarri recently said that if the 27-year-old leaves Lazio this summer, which doesn’t seem ‘easy’, it will be for a foreign club. “I’m not sure that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will leave this summer because it’s not easy. But I’m convinced that if that happens, Milinkovic will sign for a foreign club and not an Italian one,” Sarri said. according to Fabrice Romano.
Chelsea are in the hunt for a central midfielder as the futures of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho still hang in the balance, with the duo entering the final year of their respective contracts next season. Loftus-Cheek doesn’t appear to be the answer to the Blues’ midfield problems.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Lazio value Milinkovic-Savic at €70m, so including Loftus-Cheek in the deal would sweeten things up for all parties involved, including the player, who has made 39 appearances for the Blues this season but spent a lot of time on the bench.
If Chelsea are ready to go ahead with such a move, it will be a blow to Manchester United, who were planning an offer for the Serbia international, although recent reports have indicated that new manager Erik ten Hag will not wasn’t particularly keen on signing. Milinkovic-Savic.