Chelsea are reportedly on the market for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer.
The Blues are not messing around when it comes to bolstering their squad ahead of what promises to be an exciting 2020/21 season. The newest name on their radar is Lazio’s Serbian playmaker, who reportedly has Real Madrid also chasing his signature (according to Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness).
Should Chelsea sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer?
According to the Italian report, both Madrid and Chelsea have ‘started to move’ on bringing Milinkovic-Savic to their respective grounds next campaign. Lazio’s asking price for the 25-year-old was €100million (£89.1m), however this valuation was from two years ago so a much lower price tag could be on the table.
The midfielder currently has a Transfermarkt value of £57.6m, which is much more reasonable given the current financial climate. However, Milinkovic-Savic still has four years on his current contract, so Lazio may be hesitant to let him leave for cheap.
Chelsea are still chasing hot Bundesliga target Kai Havertz this summer, who has also attracted heavy attention from the likes of Manchester United. The 21-year-old will command a hefty fee of £90m, so shifting attention to Milinkovic-Savic could be a smarter move for the Blues.
The Serbian has a total of 46 goals and 28 assists throughout his career and has contributed six goals and seven assists this season (via Transfermarkt).
Although Havertz has the more impressive portfolio (17 goals and nine assists this term), his asking price may be too high for a side who has already recruited two top signings. The additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have started Chelsea off on the right foot but could mean a move for their first choice midfielder is off the cards.
Milinkovic-Savic has more senior experience, having enjoyed spells in Italy, Belgium and Serbia. He is also capped 15 times by his national team. His knowledge of the game and ability to set up goals would still be a valuable asset to Lampard’s midfield. He would also help influence up and coming talent like Billy Gilmour.
For what could be half the price of Havertz, this move could be a smarter option as the Blues focus on silverware next season.
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