Chelsea ‘hold talks’ over outgoings with Lazio – ‘used the opportunity’ to discuss Milinkovic-Savic

Jason Soutar
Reported Chelsea target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic before a match

Chelsea and Lazio ‘held talks’ this week over a potential deal for Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.

The 27-year-old scored 11 goals and provided 11 assists in 37 Serie A matches last season.

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He has been linked with Manchester United in the past, however, the Red Devils are no longer pursuing a deal.

This has opened the door for the likes of Chelsea, Newcastle United and Arsenal, who are all believed to be keen.

A report last week suggested that Milinkovic-Savic has no interest in joining the Magpies or Gunners as he aims to play in the Champions League.

The Serbian international is reportedly available for €65million – which is the ‘maximum’ his representatives think he is worth – after Lazio previously asked for between €70-100m.

According to Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Lazio director Igli Tare arrived in London this week to discuss transfers.

Tare spoke to Chelsea on Friday, with manager Maurizio Sarri keen on signing goalkeeper Kepa, left-back Emerson Palmieri and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Blues used the opportunity to open discussions over a potential deal to sign Milinkovic-Savic.

If Lazio receive a ‘top offer’ they will allow the Serbian to leave and the Premier League side have no ‘certified’ their interest.

Milinkovic-Savic is out of contract in 2024 so the Biancocelesti are not in a rush to sell, although they would like to receive a fee for the player at some point, as opposed to losing him on a free transfer in two years’ time.

Another Serie A outfit that Chelsea are negotiating with this summer is Inter Milan, who want to re-sign Romelu Lukaku.

After a difficult first season back at Stamford Bridge following his club-record £97m signing from Inter, the club and player have reportedly come to an agreement that a loan move this summer is the best solution for both parties.

Chelsea are believed to be asking for a £20m loan fee, however, the Nerazzurri are only willing to pay £7-8m for the year.