Lazio Stalwart Attracts Saudi Interest

Speculation has been rife over Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is attracting interest from several Serie A clubs, including Milan and Inter. According to Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24), the Serbia international has become a target for multiple unnamed Saudi Pro League clubs. 

Milinkovic-Savic has a year remaining on his contract at the Stadio Olimpico. Though Lazio would ideally want to hold on to the 28-year-old, it’s becoming increasingly impossible. The player has refused to open talks over a new deal, forcing the Biancocelesti president Claudio Lotito to entertain potential offers that may come his way this summer.

After letting Sandro Tonali join Newcastle United, Milan have taken the driver’s seat in the race to sign the towering midfielder. But the situation at San Siro is far from perfect, with the Rossoneri board seemingly lacking clear ideas on how to execute their agenda. That could open the door for wealthy Saudi clubs to swoop in and take Milinkovic-Savic away.

His agent Mateja Kezman is working around the clock to land him a lucrative contract outside Rome. Should Milan fail to come up with an exciting offer, the possibility of Milinkovic-Savic moving to the Middle East could become a genuine prospect. Saudi clubs have soaked up the limelight as main protagonists in the summer transfer window. 

With petrodollars giving the Gulf country’s clubs a clear edge over European sides, numerous top players have either moved to the Arabian Peninsula or may soon move there. Lazio wouldn’t mind letting their standout performer become the latest prominent European star to follow that path. 

Milinkovic-Savic went from strength to strength in 2022/23, scoring nine goals and adding eight assists in 36 Serie A appearances. His blistering showings should help him secure a high-profile deal in Europe. But if things go south, he can always rely on a fallback option. Saudi Arabia is waiting with arms wide open.

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