I may have dismissed the Sergej Milinković-Savić transfer rumors a bit prematurely.
Earlier this week, Corriere dello Sport reported that Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić had signed an extension and revealed that he lives close enough to the training facility that he can ride a scooter to work. Who would leave a job where you can ride a scooter to work? I know I wouldn’t.
However, Lazio’s president, Claudio Lotito, may be prepared to sell his superstar midfielder due to the financial impact of the coronavirus.
According to Le10Sport, Lotito has lowered his demands for Milinković-Savić from €100 million to approximately €70 million.
Lazio, like many other clubs around Europe, expects substantial financial losses from the lack of matchday and commercial revenue. Making things worse for Lotito is his other club, Salernitana of Serie B, who are also expected to take a financial hit.
Paris Saint-Germain is not a club immune to the realities of the world and they expect losses upwards of €200 million. That being said, Milinković-Savić at that price might be too good to pass up for Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director.
Milinković-Savić is exactly the type of player PSG needs to add to their midfield. At 6’3″, he fits the “tall” requirement Leonardo is looking for and he is the type of creative player that would feast with the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Mauro Icardi, and Neymar Jr. in front of him.
With PSG saving €13 million on the Icardi deal and Leonardo looking for other budget options to fill the holes at left-back and right-back, as well as potentially bringing players like Chelsea FC’s Willian in on a free transfer, splashing the cash on a bargain-priced Milinković-Savić might work out financially.
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