Messaggero: Lazio resigned to losing Milinkovic-Savic as Milan eye €30m deal

By Oliver Fisher -

Lazio now seem resigned to losing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the summer transfer window with AC Milan and Juventus keen, a report claims.

According to this morning’s edition of Il Messaggero (via MilanNews), the game against Cremonese – in which he scored a brace – may have been Milinkovic-Savic’s last match at the Stadio Olimpico for Lazio.

The Serbia international has one year left on his deal and seems ready to try a new adventure and thus will not renew with the Biancoceleste, whose intention is to sell him and then strengthen the team in view of next season’s return to the Champions League.

At least €30m will be needed to sell, with Juventus and Milan at the window. The proceeds of the sale would bring Lazio’s budget to around €80m when factoring in the prize money that UEFA gives for being part of Europe’s top club competition.

The Rome-based paper claims that Davide Frattesi is being eyed as his replacement, though Piotr Zielinski and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are on the list. Lucas Torreira, Samuele Ricci and Nicolo Rovella are in the background.

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    1. Yeah he’s a proper player!
      Seems unlikely though. He could stay put and play CL and then go where he wants next summer.
      Lets be honest he could aim higher than Milan.
      Also it really depends what system we play next year. If 433 we could use him and Kamada and Bennacer as mezzala.
      If its 4231 it seems unlikely we would spend big on him if we get Kamada for free.

    2. Yeah. Anyway did you just watched milan vs lazio 2-0 week ago? Did you see SMS lost his marks to Theo? Something to improve when he’s really sign

  1. I would rather go for SMS even if it means draining the bugdet and having to live with Saelemaekers and Pobega for another year. If he truly wants to leave, we can’t miss this opportunity.
    I don’t even remember the last time we signed a top player in his prime. Maybe Bonucci or Higuain, but they were already on a downtrend.
    Anyway, this will show us what are the club’s ambitions. If we spend 15 mil on Loftus-Cheek instead of 30 mil on SMS, the future doesn’t look too bright.

  2. Thats true. Getting SMS shows ambition.
    As for rw i do hope they go for Orsolini. Italian, year left on contract and at 26 he in his prime. Low risk deal imao

  3. Stop Signing Lofts Cheek and its Failure to soend aven a dolar sich Injury Orone and Failed Olayer who has no Specific Positions
    Even Onana od Bourdeaux is beetwr than him.
    To spend based on admirer or love does not bring result.
    We Need Defensive Midfielder,and Central Midfielder such SMS of Lazio.
    High Profile Rigjht Winger better to be italian and not better from Fance, such Rosalini
    And Send out Messies and Florenzi
    Higjh Pfofile No 10 such ah Kamada and Zaniola.
    High Profile Center Forwardsuch as Victor Banaface,Feynof of Jamenez,and Serea B of French keague
    And one Depute of Hennendes from our Primavera ,Boursioane

  4. Maldini and Massara are so daft that they prefer buying garbage for less than $10m difference and become disappointed and start thinking of changing them after just one season. There is no aorta of vision in Maldini and Massara’s market tactics. Is better Milan buy SMS and get Kamada free this season than buying Loftus-cheek and some other garbages and end up regretting next season.

    1. I love Maldini so much but if he messes up by buying garbage again this time, then am dome with him. That means he hasn’t learnt. What is the essence of participating in all competitions and at the end we win nothing because of low quality players. If it is the league we want to win next season, then buy two to three world class players instead of buying low quality and at the end , we don’t reach anywhere.

  5. Stop teasing me with this!!! It will be insane if it happens. Finally a high profile player signed in his prime.

    It’s crazy that he spent so much time in Lazio. Even if now they will lose him for “cheap”, Lotito deserves credit for being able to hold on to him for so long.

  6. Honestly it is now I would know whether Maldini is learning and showing signs of managing this club. Our aim next season should be scudeto and Champion League qualification. All the quantities we got last window messed us up. Even if its 3 solid players we spend the budget on ,its fine.

    1. the dude taht juve bought for 26M€ in 2021 and is on loan at Monza atm.. Yeah, he should be real cheap…

  7. Could this be happening? Who knows but if he comes there’s no reason for Pobega to kick a ball for Milan ever again.

  8. Milan have been so poor in their transfer deals in recent years especially while choosing attacking players, our major problem is the attack,Leao is the only reasonable forward we have,Giroud is also doing well as CF, but we failed to get fast quality right winger who can make the difference,I think we should choose the better option now among.. zaniolo, Berrardi,ziyech, chiesa, Asensio

    I think for the central midfielders,SMS , Baldanzi , Frattesi would be great.. forever Milan

  9. SMS play on AMF in 4231 as pioli did in lazio . That position there is still adili ,CDK ,Kamada ( next week medical test) . Small chance to see SMS come unless CDK & adili out . RLC position on double pivot in 4231 so not affect SMS . Management planning for double pivot : Tonali,RLC,Krunic,Bennacer & Pobega . RLC will compete with krunic while Tonali compete with bennacer, Pobega as last choice if 2 of DMF got injured. SMS still a dream for AC Milan because it is hard to sell both adili & CDK without huge loss due to CDK bad perform 0 goal

    1. Precisely.

      PSA- People, don’t lose your minds, these are all RUMORS until the official communication from the club. Don’t assume anyone is making choices of one player over the other, or which players want to come or don’t, how much someone costs, what their salary is. Note that most of these articles are third-hand accounts. The season is not even over yet. There is a long way to go re summer transfers.

  10. Let’s NOT get our hopes up. Extremely unlikely. Why?? I doubt Lazio would only sell SMS for 30M – every bigger club, esp EPL teams, would gladly pay double that price and outbid us – and of course would offer double the salary that we could. So just because he may be available for that price doesn’t mean that is what he will sell for nor will SMS accept a below market salary from us (unless he’s crazy or just doesn’t want to leave Italy lol). Lazio are notorious tough negotiators and Lotitto will not just let him walk to Milan. SMS would absolutely be a statement signing from Redbird and it would clearly demonstrate their ambition to be great (consistently) again – BUT don’t hold your breath. This goes against our wage cap and youth first policy. Sad because this is exactly the player we need to establish ourselves as a consistent winner.

  11. I know fans like to bash me for criticizing SMS because the idea of SMS in milan is very romantic, but the way we are thinking that he can go to ANY club he wants after a year.. is so very wrong.

    There is literally NO competition for SMS. No one is interested here. If he was that good, some of the EPL clubs and big clubs would be linked with SMS. Lazio president knows very well that SMS is declining. That’s why he wants to offload SMS. If you watched Lazio games, you’d know how bad his positioning has become. Don’t get me wrong, his technique is still the best in the entire lazio squad. But Technique isn’t all. Positioning + hard work is required. There are Lazio games where SMS didn’t even run even a single time. Sarri is frustrated with him.

    He is just not the player he was. Signing SMS would be a big mistake for us. If we really need SMS, we can get him in Winter. I would prefer Davide Frattesi over SMS.

    1. I think what you say has some merit. Transferring at age 28-29 is like a sort of weird purgatory. Not old enough for a last hurrah, but not young and hungry anymore. I think one can be rightfully concerned about his motivations at the moment.

  12. Don’t mind this signing, good signing, but i would love to see some more italian players, if there is any decent out there. Dont wanna become like internacionale.

  13. SMS & 1 of Ndidi/Amartey (Leicester relegated)
    + Tonali, Beni, Krunic & Pobega our midfield good enough for CL

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