Calciomercatoweb.it are reporting that Arsenal are positively desperate to land Serbian star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after captivating fans in Serie A for several years.
The Lowdown: Arteta gunning for Serb…
S.S. Lazio’s Milinkovic-Savic has risen to the forefront of transfer rumours across recent years, with seemingly every top outfit on the continent vying to clinch the services of the industrious midfield maestro.
And now Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb.it reports that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is itching to put forth an offer and ‘will do anything’ to lure the in-demand Serbian sensation to the Premier League.
The Latest: Lokonga the key
Now 27 years old, Milinkovic-Savic is no stranger to serving as gravity for a wealth of transfer rumours touting his services, though he has remained loyal to Le Aquile, who sit third in the Italian top-flight after 11 matches played.
And now Gunners technical director Edu is ready to continue his golden transfer touch and offer Albert Sambi Lokonga in a mammoth package worth around €60m (£52m).
Lazio president Claudio Lolito told Il Messaggero this month that an offer of £105m would be needed for their prized asset, but with contract talk stalling and just over 18 months left on his deal, they might have to start considering projected offers such as Arsenal’s.
Arsenal are not deterred by the finances, and view the £54m-rated talent as vital to solidifying their newfound position at the very top of the Premier League.
The Verdict: A seismic signing
Arteta has been tinkering away in North London for a few years now, and it is all coming together; Milinkovic-Savic would surely be the icing on the cake.
His robust nature would be well-suited to the Premier League, and his prolific return of four goals and seven assists in 15 games this term wouldn’t go amiss, either.
On top of his efficiency in front of goal, this season FBRef states that Milinkovic-Savic ranks in the top 4% for progressive passes and the top 8% for aerials won among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, illustrating a wonderful dynamic – or in the words of Sky Sports’ Anton Toloui a “complete” – presence that would serve Arteta’s fluid outfit to a tee.
The Serbian sensation was hailed as “the best midfielder in Italy” by Arsenal legend Paul Merson, whilst Lazio manager Mauricio Sarri said he was “one of the best players” he had ever worked with, as per Football Italia.
With the World Cup looming and Serbia looking a cohesive and gelled outfit, the 35-cap phenom might just see a lucrative price tag balloon further with a stellar showing at world football’s premier competition, all the more reason for the Gunners to act swiftly and sign a highly touted star.