Chelsea could be in for a busy transfer this summer.
According to a report from Teamtalk, Chelsea are pushing to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The 25-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The Serbia international was signed by Lazio in August 2015 from Genk for a fee of 18 million euros. The 25-year-old has a contract until 2024 with the club.
The midfielder has five goals and five assists in 29 Serie A games this season.
The 25-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Serbia. As a member of Serbia national football team, Milinkovic-Savic won 15 caps.
The Serbia international is set to be a man in demand in the summer transfer window, with a host of clubs queueing up to pursue his signature.
Frank Lampard wants to sign a new midfielder and Milinkovic-Savic is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The Serbia international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of midfielder Lampard wants to target in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
There is no doubt that Milinkovic-Savic will take Chelsea’s midfield to a different level.
According to the report, “Chelsea are working hard to secure the transfer of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic behind the scenes. The Serbian midfielder has long been linked with a move to Manchester United after his impressive displays with Lazio. While the Red Devils never secured a deal, they have maintained a watching brief on the midfielder. Milinkovic-Savic has raised his game to another level this season as Lazio have proved the strongest contenders for Juventus’ Serie A crown. That form has led to an enquiry from PSG, who have launched a €60m swoop. Lazio, however, don’t want to deal for that price and certainly not while their title push is ongoing. As such, Le10 Sport reckons the delay has allowed Chelsea to nip in and work on his signing. They also claim Chelsea are willing to pay up to €70m for the 25-year-old. According to the report, Chelsea have already made contact with the player’s agent over a protracted transfer.”
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Chelsea might have to pay over the odds to sign the midfielder.
Good signing for Chelsea?
Signing the 25-year-old in the summer transfer window would be a masterstroke from Frank Lampard.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Chelsea.
Chelsea fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club this summer.
It will be interesting to see if Chelsea can beat their rivals to the midfielder’s signature.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.