Arsenal are planning an ambitious move to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this winter, according to Calciomercatoweb.
The Gunners are aiming to bolster their midfield department in January and they are said to be eyeing a high-profile addition.
Milinkovic-Savic is one of the players that has been regularly linked, and it is claimed that the Gunners could attempt to sign him.
Nicknamed the Sergeant by the Biancocelesti faithful, the Serbian has consistently been one of the most lethal midfielders in Serie A over his seven complete seasons. In total, the Serbian midfielder has played over 300 matches for Lazio, scoring 60 goals and providing 56 assists in all tournaments.
The ex-Genk midfielder has hit double figures for goal contributions in every campaign since the 2015/16 season. Last campaign, Sergej racked up 11 goals and 12 assists from 47 games across all tournaments. Those are exceptional numbers for a midfielder who occasionally plays in a more advanced position.
The Gunners’ interest, on the other hand, makes more sense given their ongoing injury woes. Elneny has sustained a long-term hamstring injury, while injury-prone Partey is also struggling to stay fit and available, leaving the Spanish manager with few choices in the middle of the park.
The north London giants are unlikely to meet the reported €120 million price tag, but will instead propose a part-exchange deal.
The Gunners are prepared to offer Albert Sambi Lokonga (valued at €25m) alongside €60m in cash to sign the 27-year-old star.
Milinkovic-Savic has been hugely consistent during his time in Serie A with regular goal contributions. However, he could move on.
A transfer to Juventus is unlikely as Lazio don’t want to sell to a direct league rival. Arsenal will be hoping to capitalise on the situation.
Milinkovic-Savic is about to enter the final 18 months of his deal.