Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been looking to add more talent to the attack. Signing Serbian international Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio would do just that.
Could Luka Jovic be matched up with his countrymen Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer? According to Le10Sports and AS, Los Blancos are ready to join Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and Manchester City for the signature of the 25-year-old star.
Milinkovic-Savic has been setting Serie A on fire over the last five years and has been showing every season that he is worthy of the lofty price tag. Right now, TransfrMarkt has Milinkovic-Savic valued at just shy of €58 million which is mindblowing considering he was signed from KRC Genk for under €20 million.
Ever since his arrival in Italy, Milinkovic-Savic has been phenomenal making at least 25 league appearances in each season while also averaging a seven out of 10 match rating on WhoScored.
The Serbian is a creative passer and is confident with the ball at his feet. Whether he is making the tight through ball to a charging forward or directing his teammates like a manager on the pitch, it’s clear to see what Zidane is thinking targeting this beast.
Although it is a bit of a stretch to make this assumption, Milinkovic-Savic could be seen as a future starter once Luka Modric or Toni Kroos step aside. The idea here could be to sign Sergej in his prime and have him get comfortable with his new club before throwing him in as a starter.
For the doubters out there who are uncertain by this deal – I am in agreement with you. Does Real Madrid really want to spend about €60 million for a player that likely won’t start immediately and plays in a position where the team has plenty of talent already?
Plus, due to the season being suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic, the club has already mentioned that they do not have the funds to make a bunch of big signings over the summer. Kylian Mbappe has been and still is a primary target and he alone will cost well over $100 million to bring over from PSG.
Milinkovic-Savic is not a primary target as of right now. Although he is talented and would help the Real Madrid first-team tremendously, the club’s priorities and plans for the summer window lie elsewhere.