Chelsea & Real Madrid ‘Start to Move’ on Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić

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Chelsea & Real Madrid are keen on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic | Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images

Chelsea and Real Madrid have both reached out to the representatives of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić over a possible transfer this summer.

Now 25, Milinković-Savić has been heavily linked with a move away from Lazio for years, but he appeared to kill talk of an exit when he signed a five-year contract at Stadio Olimpico last summer.

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Milinkovic-Savic has been key to Lazio’s title charge this season | Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images

Sporting director Igli Tare recently revealed that Lazio would not block a move if they received the right offer – which is believed to have piqued Chelsea’s interest – and now La Gazzetta dello Sport have backed that up.

As the story goes, Chelsea and Real have both ‘started to move’ on Milinković-Savić, letting him know that they would be interested in signing him this summer – despite Chelsea prioritising Kai Havertz and Real not planning to spend any money this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are both thought to be in the race as well, and the next few weeks are expected to be ‘decisive’ as Milinković-Savić figures out his next move.

In terms of the cost of the deal, €100m has been thrown around a lot in the past, but Gazzetta believe that Lazio would be prepared to drop the price. Calciomercato predict the final fee will be closer to €70m.

Lazio are not thought to be interested in a swap deal and only want straight cash, meaning a move to any other Italian side is seen as incredibly unlikely.

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€70m could be enough to land Milinkovic-Savic this summer | Marco Rosi/Getty Images

This season, Milinković-Savić has managed six goals and seven assists in 35 appearances in all competitions, starting every Serie A game in which he was available to guide Lazio all the way up to second in the table.

A box-to-box midfielder, Milinković-Savić has impressed at both ends of the field and is seen by many as an integral part of Lazio’s title charge. If he does hit the market this summer, there will no shortage of potential suitors.

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