Sergej Milinković-Savić, a Spanish born, Serbian midfielder who is taking Seria A by storm is being linked with some of the biggest clubs in world football.
But Lazio, should do everything in their power to keep the former Genk man.Signed in 2015 from the Belgian club for an inital £5.3m, the Serb was thrust straight into first team football in Serie A. Milinkovic-Savic made 35 first team appearances for the Rome based club, contributing 3 goals to the cause.
Since then, he has grown at a rapid rate, becoming not only one of Lazio’s most important players, but one of the most sought after midfielders in world football. Linked with the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid & Manchester United, it is expected that the central midfielder will cost over £100m.
Strongly considered to be the most talented midfield player in Serie A since Paul Pogba, and comparisons between the two have been drawn. Athleticism, power, creativity and a keen eye for a wonder goal are skills they both possess. His ability to control the centre of the park and keep the ball rolling has been integral to Lazio’s form this season alongside Ciro Immobile.
At 6ft 4″ Milinkovic-Savic has an imposing frame makes him a formidable opponent in the physical side of the game, what you do not expect though, is the flair and agility he possesses. These attributes are what sets him apart from the rest.
Much like Pogba, Milinkovic-Savic relishes playing on the left of central midfield, alongside a strong defensive partner, giving him the ability and freedom to roam the pitch, expressing himself and impacting the game further forward.
He has this season dazzled against Atalanta & Sampdoria, almost single-handedly pulling Lazio through the games when they needed him most. Not only that, but he shone against league leaders and football purists Napoli. Such has his impact been at Lazio, they forked out £8m to buy out the sell-on clause Genk had imposed on his contract, meaning the enormous profit they make will be theirs to keep.
Savic has yet to be capped at full international level for Serbia, having only featured in friendly matches so far. But it is expected that he will feature heavily in the 2018 World Cup, with the opportunity to pit his wits against the likes of Fernandinho, Casemeiro & Coutinho.