LAZIO have admitted the future of £80million-rated midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is in his own hands.
Chelsea and Manchester United have long kept track of the 25-year-old, but have always been told he is not for sale.
Lazio admit the future of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is in his own hands.
But now, Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has revealed if the player wants to leave the club it “shouldn’t be a problem” but it would have to be decided at the end of the season.
Tare told Sky Sport Italia: “The player’s desire is crucial.
“Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn’t be a problem.
“Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.
“When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way. However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”
Milinkovic-Savic’s contract does not run out until 2024, putting the Serie A club in a good position to demand their hefty price tag.
The Serbian international has five goals in his 30 games this season as Lazio, in second, were enjoying one of their best campaign in years before the coronavirus pandemic suspended football.
Jose Mourinho attempted to sign the midfielder during his time at United, with Old Trafford bosses continuing to keep tabs on the playmaker.
He emerges as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, whose future in Manchester remains uncertain.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is also said to be keen on the player, who plays with Blues midfielder Mateo Kovacic for Serbia.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk