On Thursday, Calciomercato sent the English tabloids in a bit of a frenzy by claiming that Manchester City were ready to make a January move for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Manchester United and Juventus were also said to be interested, and it isn’t the first time we’ve heard that, yet the thought of Pep Guardiola going after a player who only just renewed his contract, especially until 2022, midway through the season is questionable.
Corriere dello Sport on Friday, relaying the story, add their own information to it, and explain Lazio are in a good position to resist.
As mentioned above, the midfielder’s contract situation helps them out, and the club’s director of football, Igli Tare, is convinced they can keep him at least for another year.
Furthermore, there isn’t even a mention of a January exit being a possibility, claiming that if Lazio manage to secure a Champions League spot come the end of the season, the Serbia international is extremely likely to stay on.
On top of that, Lazio currently value their star midfielder at around €100m, which could put off even the richest of clubs.
If Manchester City step forward with that kind of money, however, Lazio would find it hard to say no.
The ball would then be in Milinkovic-Savic’s court.