Lazio Downplay Newcastle Interest in Serbian Mainstay

Despite recent rumors, Lazio deny having received a large offer for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Newcastle. They insist that the midfielder is not for sale in January, even though their efforts to renew his contracts have been unproductive. He’s tied to them until 2024.

According to Il Messaggero (via Tuttomercaweb), the Magpies put €60M on the table for the Biancocelesti. They’d cover the Serb in gold with a long-term contract with €10M wages and a €12M signing bonus. President Claudio Lotito often insisted he wanted €100M.

Per Alfredo Pedullà, there have been no concrete proposals for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Newcastle or other English clubs. However, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Lazio would indeed consider them.

Moreover, the Serb has an agreement in place on personal terms with Juventus next summer. The Bianconeri can’t act at the moment due to their uncertain financial and corporate situation.

Our Take on Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio, and Newcastle

At this point, it’s pretty clear that he will not stay past next summer. An eventual extension would only be technical and perhaps even facilitate his exit with a reasonable release clause. He and the club probably wouldn’t get a richer bid if the numbers were real. Newcastle being in contention for the top positions in Premier League makes them a more palatable destination than in the past. But the timing is off. The capital side itself is very much in the Champions League race. They would abandon all hope if they sold him since they wouldn’t be able to replace him with somebody remotely close to his caliber.

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