Chelsea are interested in signing Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Lowdown: Chelsea’s midfield
The injury to N’Golo Kante in August has left the Blues a centre-midfielder light throughout almost the entirety of the campaign.
That paired with his and Jorginho’s expiring contracts in the summer yet to be extended and Denis Zakaria set to return to Juventus after his loan spell, it could potentially see three first-team midfielders leave West London in the summer or before.
So it’s obvious that Chelsea will look to the January window in search of a fresh face with Graham Potter still eagerly awaiting the chance to dive into the market.
The Latest: Milinkovic-Savic interest
According to Calciomercato, the Blues are set to push for the Serbian in January with a cash-plus Ruben Loftus-Cheek proposal in the pipeline.
However, Chelsea will be under pressure from Juventus to complete the deal with the Bianconeri also interested in the star whose contract expires in 2024.
The Verdict: Ambitious move
Milinkovic-Savic has seemingly been linked with a move to the Premier League every transfer window but as he ticks into the final 18 months of his £75k-per-week contract, it could soon become a reality.
Potter will be keen to transform his midfield with the 6 foot 3 ace set to make a dominating presence with his powerful running and ability in the final third that’s seen him register 12 goal contributions so far this campaign, ranking in the top 1% for goals and 2% for assists amongst peers across the continent.
It could be unlikely that Lazio will be open to a sale in January unless they’re offered serious money, for the £45m-rated gem – who was once dubbed by Paul Merson as a “top-drawer player” – with them currently in a battle to play in the Champions League for only the second time since 2007.
However, the Cobham youth product could serve as the perfect sweetener with a potential reunion with Maurizio Sarri on the cards, who he played under 40 times during the most successful campaign of his career to date, where he scored ten and assisted five on the way to winning the Europa League.