According to what has been reported by Sky Sports journalist Matteo Petrucci, Lazio are beginning to regret slapping a €120m price-tag on Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic over the summer. In Petrucci’s words, he says: “They did not regret holding Milinkovic-Savic, even though Lazio is realising that the €120million asked in the summer was a bit too much.”
Milinkovic-Savic was a high profile target of a number of Europe’s best clubs. Real Madrid and Manchester United seemed to be favourites throughout the summer, whilst Juventus were suitors up until they spent their budget on signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid. Inadvertently, this perhaps allowed Lazio to keep the Serb – with Juve having no budget left to spend and Real Madrid then needing to focus on other areas of their side before their midfield.
AC Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea, PSG and Barcelona were all also at one point linked to Milinkovic-Savic, yet the Serbian stayed and has signed a new contract to see him earn more at the club.
Petrucci also suggests that Milan could return once again next summer although this seems to lack consideration of financial fair play rules – and is almost assuming Milan qualify for the Champions League, which, at this point, seems unlikely.
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