MANCHESTER CITY have joined neighbours United in the race for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Manchester City reportedly sent their scouts to watch highly-rated Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in action during the Italian club’s Serie A clash with Bologna on Wednesday night.
The 22-year-old Serbian midfielder has been subject to interest from across Europe, with a number of Premier League clubs circling following a series of impressive performances which have returned three goals in his last three games.
He joined Lazio from Genk in the summer of 2015 and initially struggled to adapt to life in the Italian capital.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, via talkSport, Manchester City sent scouts to the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Wednesday as Lazio recorded a 1-2 victory over Bologna, and they would have been impressed with what they saw as Milinkovic-Savic opened the scoring in the fourth minute.
Pep Guardiola is said to be a keen admirer of the Serbian and could be set to submit a bid in January to lure the 22-year-old away from Italy. However, the City boss could be set for stiff competition from domestic rivals Liverpool and Manchester United who have been reported to have interest in the midfielder.
The 22-year-old Serbian has been compared to Paul Pogba for his physical presence combined with grace in the centre of midfield and is expected to fetch upwards of €60m, should he continue his trajectory.
Milinkovic-Savic joined Lazio from Genk in 2015, where he has since become a key member of Simone Inzaghi’s squad as his invaluable contribution has Lazio currently sitting in third place in Serie A, a mere three points behind league leaders Napoli.
Speaking in an interview with Radio CRC last month, Savic’s agent, former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman, confirmed interest from some of world football’s biggest clubs.
Now, the midfielder is rated in the £60million class after a number of superb performances for Simone Inzaghi’s men last season.
Milinkovic-Savic boasts a terrific engine and eye for goal.
Lazio will be eager to keep hold of their star player who is set for a breakout campaign which will undoubtedly lure clubs across Europe to fight for his signature, although City will not be easily defeated in a bidding war.