Arsenal are, quite clearly, in desperate need of midfield reinforcement. British source claim that Arsenal are interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The 27-year-old is one of his side’s most prized assets, with Transfermarkt valuing him at a whopping 60 million euros and his current deal not expiring until 2024.
The midfielder has banged in 5 goals and provided 7 assists in 20 matches for Lazio this term on all fronts.
He is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Serbia. As a member of Serbia national football team, Milinkovic-Savic won 39 caps and he scored 7 goals.
The midfielder has just 18 months remaining on his contract and Lazio may consider a deal in this transfer window to avoid losing him for nothing next winter.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been in impressive form for Lazio in the last few seasons and it looks like he caught the eye of many European clubs including Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta wants to sign a new midfielder and Milinkovic-Savic is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The Serbia international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of midfielder Arteta wants to target in the winter transfer window.
Arsenal are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The former Genk man will add a new dimension to Arsenal’s midfield. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
World Football Rumours
According to the report, “Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is ready to solve issues in midfield with a new signing in January. The Gunners are at the top of the Premier League table during the World Cup break. Arteta, who knows that his squad depth is not the best, was not able to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa on deadline day in the summer. Per Corriere della Sera, Arsenal are switching their attention to Lazio’s Serbian midfield star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The all-action midfielder was impressive at the World Cup with Serbia, while he has been a reliable performer in Serie A for years. The source adds that given Milinkovic-Savic is out of contract in 2024, Lazio may be willing to sell in January or the summer to recoup a significant fee. However, the player is settled in Italy and would need a lot of convincing to join another club.”
Lazio are reluctant to let Milinkovic-Savic go, but a big enough bid could persuade them to sell.
The Gunners are showing interest in signing midfielder, but will have to dig deep to land him.
Good signing for Arsenal?
Arsenal must improve their midfield options and the signing of Milinkovic-Savic would be a step in the right direction. They should do everything in their power to sign the in-demand midfielder, who has all the qualities to be a success at the club.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit at Emirates Stadium.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal can beat their rivals to the midfielder’s signature.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.