Chelsea, having missed out a place in Premier League ‘top four’ last season, opted to make a significant managerial alteration as they brought in Maurizio Sarri to replace Antonio Conte as the new man in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The ex-Napoli chief made a blistering start in the transfer window roping in Jorginho from his former club who was close to joining the reigning Champions Manchester City but suffered a massive blow as well following Russian star Aleksandr Golovin’s rejection in order to join Ligue 1 heavyweights AS Monaco from CSKA Moscow. They now have to switch their focus elsewhere and if reports are believed to be true, the London giants are eyeing a big-money swoop for Lazio star Sergej Milinković-Savić, the 23-year-old Serbian midfield sensation who is also being targeted by league rivals Manchester United as well as reigning Champions League triumphant Real Madrid.
The Blues have ample of midfield options in their ranks but most of them failed to leave an impact last season following high-profile transfers. Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko have been heavily criticized for their underwhelming display and the growing uncertainty over N’Golo Kante’s Chelsea future further points out the necessity of more midfield recruits. Cesc Fabregas is now in his 30s and Milinković-Savić, lauded as a NxGn superstar, will be an apt alternative in the longer run.
Lazio, known as a notorious negotiator, will ask a fee well in excess of £100mil that has fended off the interest of many potential suitors. The player, under contract until 2022, netted 14 goals and registered 9 assists in 48 games altogether in the previous campaign alongside an impressive show last month in the prestigious World Cup event. His stellar display and the current contract situation have allowed Lazio to retain a stronghold and the Blues will need to break the bank in order to acquire the decorated midfield ace who will be an ambitious inclusion to sort out the current conundrum.