Chelsea transfer news: Blues prepare ‘monster offer’ for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Milinkovic-Savic has forged a reputation as one of the brightest rising stars in Serie A by impressing at the Stadio Olimpico.
And the 23-year-old has been touted for a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer, with Manchester United keen admirers.
Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have likewise been credited with serious interest in prising Milinkovic-Savic away from Lazio.
While Chelsea has emerged as an option following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement earlier this month.
Italian newspaper Il Tempo claim Chelsea have “come forward in a concrete way” in “the last few hours”.
And they have supposedly prepared a “monster offer” to secure Milinkovic-Savic’s services.
Lazio chief Claudio Lotito still wants £134m (€150m) for the Serbia international, who featured at the World Cup.
And he could see a bidding war ensue with Real, Juventus and Manchester City said to be keen on Milinkovic-Savic.
Milinkovic-Savic was granted an extra day of leave and is expected to arrive at Lazio’s training camp today.
However, he could soon be on the way to one of their Serie A rivals if his father gets his way.
Nikola Milinkovic revealed earlier this summer that he wants his son to head to Juventus.
“I’ve told him many times that Juventus would be perfect for him, the ideal club,” said Milinkovic.
“In Turin there is a prestigious club with multiple trophies that has been dominating the scene for years. He’d have the opportunity to grow and improve until reaching full maturity.
“After three seasons in Rome, Sergej knows the Italian championship perfectly, he has settled and integrated in a big way, he has learned the language well.
“With top quality teammates like Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa and so forth, he could win the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and why not give an important contribution to triumph in the Champions League?
“Juve always go far in that competition and if they were to win the most prestigious trophy, Sergej could even dream of the Ballon d’Or.
“It’s true, but he could go to Spain after he turns 25, when he has completed his football maturity in Italy. That’s what Zinedine Zidane did.”
Milinkovic-Savic is not the only midfielder in Chelsea’s sights, with Arsenal ace Aaron Ramsey on their radar as well.