According to reports, Arsenal have submitted a £35million offer for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Gunners added a midfielder, in Jorginho, in January however that deal isn’t thought to effect any summer plans for further additions in the middle of the park as Mikel Arteta looks to add at least one more midfielder to his side ahead of next season.
According to Calcio Mercato, Milinkovic-Savic is a player attracting a great deal of interest from English clubs, with Arsenal not the only club submitting an offer for the Serbian.
The player is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract, which expires in the summer of 2024.
At 27-years-old he’s in his prime years as an attacking midfielder and looking at the Arsenal team he could slot into Granit Xhaka’s role quote comfortably if Arsenal see that as a position they’d like to reinforce in come the summer.
Towards the end of last year, Lazio president Claudio Lotito said that he was not interested in selling the Serbian and would instead offer him a new contract: “I will not sell Milinkovic-Savic, I will offer him a renewal. I reiterate, he is now worth £105m, and every month that passes, the price goes up.”
However, Lazio are not in a strong position to demand a high fee a year on due to the player’s contract situation.
Lazio are unlikely to be willing to let the midfielder leave this month, however he could be on the move during the summer market, with only 12 months left on his contract at that point.
Arsenal are bidding to win their first Premier League title since 2004 this season, with the Gunners currently sitting top of the Premier League table, but that isn’t stopping them planning for the summer with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic definitely on the list of players Arsenal are looking at come the end of the season.