The former sporting director of Lazio, Igli Tare, has confirmed that he rejected a huge bid from AC Milan for midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
After playing for Brescia and Bologna in Serie A, Tare joined Lazio and when his contract expired at the end of the 2007–08 season he accepted a non-playing role at the club, becoming team manager.
In early 2009 he completed a course in order to receive his qualification to be sporting director, a post he held at Lazio until 5 June 2023 before deciding to leave the club.
In the summer of 2018 the Rossoneri were looking to bolster the midfield after a season in which the squad disappointed after so much investment.
Tare spoke to TV Play about some of his more memorable experiences with the Aquile, and he confirmed the story about Milinkovic-Savic, with his comments relayed by Calciomercato.com.
“Many untrue things have been said about Milinkovic-Savic, from his farewell on a free transfer to the fact that he didn’t want to stay,” he said.
“The only true thing is that Lotito rejected a very important offer, worth over 100 million euros, from Milan and Manchester United.
“I don’t want to say too much about the lack of sale, even if there was a question of budgets, but Lotito’s choices were to maintain a strong team and respect the promises made to the coach.
“Let’s not forget that in the year of Covid, Lazio were about to win the Scudetto.”