Barcelona Join The Race For Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during training.

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Despite being a team that is at the heart of renewed success, Barcelona have been relatively quiet on the transfer radar this summer.

The former purchase and departure of Neymar, followed by the smart moves of the likes of Suarez, Dembele, and Rakitic are now deals and sagas of the past, and followers certainly seem to prefer a big window in the coming month or so.

While the main targets of the Catalan giants this season have been reported to be Clement Lenglet and Gremio midfielder Arthur, a relatively newer and more high-profile name could now be added to the list.

According to Mundo Deportivo (via Sports Witness), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has found a place on Barcelona’s radar, and the Lazio midfielder, who for much of the window was Manchester United’s marquee target, could be a solid signing.

The report adds that Barca’s technical secretary, Eric Abidal, is behind this interest, and wishes to have maximum information regarding the 23-year-old Serb.

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Further, it appears that the obvious chink in the deal, as in the case of United, is Lazio’s quoted price for the attacking midfielder. A sum in the region of €80 million is currently being floated around, and this will not be agreed to by the La Liga giants.

However, if their interest is sincere, they may not have an option, as the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus are thought to be eager pursuers as well.

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At the moment, however, only initial inquiries regarding his availability and price have been made by the Catalans.

It will be the outcome of Serbia’s World Cup run that may lead to the escalating or dying out of this deal, although at this point, it seems likely that the Serie A giants simply don’t want to part ways with their star player, and with good reason.

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