President Claudio Lotito revealed Lazio won’t stand in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s way should Manchester United or another big club come calling with the right offer.
Milinkovic-Savic’s impressive rate of development at Lazio continued last season, which ended in him winning the Serie A’s midfielder of the year for his solid displays at the Stadio Olimpico.
Reports have frequently linked the Serbia international with lucrative moves to the likes of Juventus, United and Paris Saint-Germain in the past.
Although Lazio managed to defy the odds against them last summer by convincing Milinkovic-Savic to sign a new five-year contract.
However, Lotito is resigned to the inevitable over Milinkovic-Savic’s future and confessed he’s got “fewer weapons” to ward off interest for his star player compared to the previous year.
“The important thing is that we have today built a club that is no longer just a stepping stone to bigger things, but many players dream of coming here,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“Last year, I fought hard to ensure Milinkovic-Savic didn’t leave. This season, I certainly have fewer weapons to call upon if the situation should arise again.
“That doesn’t mean the club is working actively to sell him. Certainly, Milinkovic-Savic on a personal level has other ambitions and that seems fair, so we won’t clip his wings.
“We understand it’s important for a player to step up to one of the biggest clubs in the world. However, a player only has a price-tag when he is for sale and the transfer market is dictated by action, not words.
“When a concrete proposal arrives, we’ll examine it and see what the conditions are, whether they satisfy the club and the decisions we’ll then make.”
Lazio have reportedly set an asking price of €80m for the highly-rated Milinkovic-Savic and made it clear offers below it won’t be considered.
Out of all the interested clubs, United seem the most likely option as the 24-year-old could replace Paul Pogba should the Frenchman indeed leave Old Trafford this summer.
PSG, on the other hand, have already signed two midfielders in Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia. While Juventus have welcomed Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot to their ranks.