Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, as per Football Italia.
The report states that the 3-time defending European champions are prepared to bid as much as a whopping 170 million euros for the in-demand player.
Milinkovic-Savic is coming off a hugely successful campaign at the personal level. In 48 appearances for the Biancocelesti, he bagged 14 goals and 6 assists this season.
He does, however, have a hot head, and needs to be more selective with his tackling – as demonstrated by the 12 yellow cards he has to his name over the course of the campaign.
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That is, however, perhaps the only blemish on a scouting report that has encouraging signs for all suitors. The Serb has as diverse a skillset as any midfielder in world football.
The 23-year-old isn’t afraid to mix it up and play physically, but he primarily plays the role of a playmaker. He will definitely do better than his 79.9% pass completion rate alongside better players in a new club.
He’s already demonstrated loads of ability as a dribbler. With his 6’3″ frame, he can be a true behemoth controlling proceedings from the center of the park in the mould of Sergio Busquets.
Manchester United and Juventus have already been linked with a move for him. But given the intensity of Real Madrid‘s reported interest, coupled with the fact that they haven’t pursued a star in the past two summers, they appear to be strong contenders at present.
That much will be especially true if Serbia advance past the group stages in the World Cup. The Balkan giants share a group with Brazil, Switzerland, and Costa Rica, and an impactful showing by Milinkovic-Savic will be vital to their chances of pregression from the group stages.