Arsenal Haven’t Pursued Milinkovic-Savic This Summer

Arsenal reportedly chased after Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in previous windows, but not lately, even though he’s likely to depart. The Gunners are on the verge of securing the acquisition of Declan Rice from West Ham. They haven’t touched base with Lazio or the player’s agent in recent weeks, Alfredo Pedullà reports.

The star midfielder would be glad to stay in Italy, but there are no viable destinations now. Juventus have less urgency since Adrien Rabiot re-upped. Milan coach Stefano Pioli would be keen, but they are about to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The management prefers different options, like Tijjani Reijnders or Yunus Musah. Inter are zeroing in on Davide Frattesi.

The Bianconeri could reignite their interest in Milinkovic-Savic later on, but they need to offload several outcasts first. They are waiting for offers for Weston McKennie, Denis Zakaria, and Artur, who are back in Turin after their Premier League loan spells.

Despite the impasse, the Serb isn’t engaging in the extension talks. His deal runs out in 2024. It can’t be ruled out that he’ll stay and depart on a free. However, it’d be a hurtful outcome considering the bond between him and the club.

Our Take on Milinkovic-Savic

He was the big loser of the Rabiot renewal, as the Old Lady was the most natural destination. They might be cooking up a cost-free succession with the Frenchman, who signed only a one-year deal. He’d be a great addition for Milan, but they already invested in a fairly similar player. The Biancocelesti always drove a hard bargain even though his renewal was never close. Grasp all, lose all.

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