Serbian star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ‘agrees £5m-a-season deal to join Juventus’
- Sergei-Milinkovic Savic has agreed a deal to join Serie A giants Juventus
- The 27-year-old is said to have agreed a £6million-a-season deal
- Lazio demand over £80m for the combative midfielder
- The Serb is currently on international duty at the Qatar World Cup
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has agreed a pre-contract deal with Serie A giants Juventus after deciding to leave current club Lazio at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old turned down a new contract with Lazio in favor of a move to 36-time Italian champions Juventus, with the star hoping to complete his transfer this summer.
Milinkovic-Savic and his agent Mateja Kezman have held several meetings with Juventus over the past few months and have now put pen to paper on a £5m-a-season deal with the club, according to the Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic reportedly agreed to join Juventus this summer
Juventus are greedy on a £5m-a-season deal with the Serbian midfielder
His decision now hinges on Lazio’s willingness to start transfer negotiations with fellow league title hunters Juventus. The Roma-based side have so far refused to budge on their £86.5m asking price for the midfielder.
Lazio were hoping to see their prized asset extend his stay in the Italian capital, but would not comply with the player’s demands that he be allowed to leave his contract at any time if a transfer offer in the region of 33-43 million of pounds came in.
The Serbian international is on international duty to take part in the Qatar 2022 World Cup and will return to Lazio once the tournament in the Middle East is over.
MIlinkovic-Savic (centre) is another Serie A title hopeful, Lazio’s most valuable asset
Juventus manager Max Allegri (left) hopes Lazio president Claudio Lotito (right) can easily negotiate a transfer with
The combative midfield star had caught the eye of Europe’s top clubs once his contract with Lazio entered its final two years. Manchester United have reportedly been interested in the Serb alongside Chelsea and other Premier League contenders.
There could, however, be further confusion which could complicate Milinkovic-Savic’s latest 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’s proposed move now hinges 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 on a cut-price deal.
Lazio chief Lotito known to be a tough negotiator as Juventus try to strike a cut-price deal
Lotito can either decide to enter into a relationship with Juventus who could see a final package concluded in the next January transfer window or keep the player with the aim of tying him to a new contract.
Milinkovic-Savic has scored six goals and registered eight assists in 25 appearances for Lazio in Serie A and Europa League so far this season.