Serbia star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ‘reaches £5m-per-season agreement to join Juventus’ – but move now hinges on Lazio’s willingness to strike a deal with Serie A title chasers as they REFUSE to budge on £86m asking price
- Sergei-Milinkovic Savic has agreed a deal to join Serie A giants Juventus
- The 27-year-old has reportedly agreed a £6million-per-season deal
- Lazio are demanding in excess of £80million for the combative midfielder
- The Serbian is currently on international duty at the Qatar World Cup
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has reached a pre-contract agreement with Serie A giants Juventus after deciding to leave current club Lazio at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has turned down a new deal with Lazio in favour of a switch to 36-time Italian champions Juventus, with the star hoping to complete his move in the summer.
Milinkovic-Savic and his agent Mateja Kezman held several meetings with Juventus over the last few months and has now put pen to paper on a £5million-per-season deal with the club, according to Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has reportedly agreed a move to join Juventus in the summer
Juventus have a greed a £5million-per-season deal with the Serbian midfielder
His move now hinges on Lazio’s willingness to enter transfer negotiations with fellow league-title chasers Juventus. The Rome-based side have so far refused to budge on their £86.5million asking price for the midfielder.
Lazio were hoping to see their prized-asset extend his stay in the Italian capital but wouldn’t bow to the player’s demands that he would be allowed to leave at any point in his contract if a transfer bid in the region of £33-43million came in.
The Serbian international is away on international duty competing at the 2022 Qatar World Cup and will return to Lazio once the tournament in the Middle East has been concluded.
MIlinkovic-Savic (centre) is fellow Serie A title hopeful Lazio’s most prized-assets
Juventus manager Max Allegri (left) will be hoping Lazio president Claudio Lotito (right) is easy to negotiate a transfer with
The combative midfield star had attracted the eyes of Europe’s top clubs once his contracted at Lazio entered its final two years. Manchester United reportedly held interest in the Serbian alongside and fellow Premier League contenders Chelsea.
There could however be further confusion that could complicate Milinkovic-Savic’s final move with the player reportedly willing to extend his stay at Lazio as a ‘sign of gratitude’ but only if the previously mentioned release clause is inserted.
Milinkovic-Savic’ proposed move now depends on the actions of Lazio president Claudio Lotito. The 65-year-old is renowned for being a tough negotiator and won’t let the club’s MVP leave for a cut-price deal.
Lazio chief Lotito is renowned for being a tough negotiator as Juventus try to land a cut-price deal
Lotito can either decide to enter dealings with Juventus that could see a final package wrapped up in the upcoming January transfer window or keep hold of the player in a bid to tie him down to a new contract.
Milinkovic-Savic has scored six goals and registered eight assists in 25 games with Lazio across the Serie A and Europa League so far this season.