Barcelona are reportedly preparing to launch bids in order to sign Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Serbian international has been in top form, and his progress is also being tracked by Juventus. The 22-year old is Serie A’s latest prospect that has caught the attention of scouts from England and Spain.
Lazio president Lotito recently admitted that his club does not have the resources to afford the talented midfielder’s services, but they would also prefer not to let him go cheap.
These claims were on the back of the ones made by Lazio’s director of football Igli Tare, who told the media that they had rejected a €70 million bid for Milinkovic-Savic from the Old Lady last summer.
Barcelona and United are among the clubs to have recently sent scouts to keep a watchful eye on the talented midfielder. If reports of today’s edition of Tuttosport are to be believed, both the European giants could get into a bidding war in the next summer window.
On one hand, City outclassed United in the midfield before running out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford, and Jose Mourinho would desperately be looking to seek reinforcements if he has to challenge the heavyweights in Europe.
Barcelona, on the other hand, would like to strengthen an already strong midfield with experienced and ageing stars like Iniesta, Busquets and Rakitic.
Milinkovic-Savic has six goals in all competitions to his name this season, and mentions Nemanja Matic as his role model, so he could quite possibly look forward to pairing up with his compatriot in the future.
The 191 cm-tall midfielder could add a physical presence that the Red Devils would love in the centre of the park. However, the Serbian, who is almost certain to star in next year’s World Cup, could go for nothing less than a €100 million to either of the European giants.
Written by Sourish Saha
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