One-Year Loan Plus Option For Permanent Transfer
AC Milan have put in a late bid for Lazio midfielder Sergey Milinkovic-Savic. The Serie A transfer deadline is at 8pm CET today (Friday) and a number of outlets in Italy claim Milan want the Serbia international on an initial loan deal followed by the right to a permanent transfer next summer.
Both La Repubblica and Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Milan sporting director Leonardo has submitted a bid to Lazio for a €30million (£26.9million; $34.1million) loan fee. Subject to satisfactory performances they would then buy Milinkovic-Savic next summer for €50million (£44.8million; $56.9million). Financial Fair Play restrictions prohibit Milan from shelling out the full €80million now.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito values Milinkovic-Savic at around €120million. Manchester United and Real Madrid were both linked earlier this summer but found the valuation a little too steep. If the 23-year-old does remain at Milan he is likely to be offered a new contract.
Milan have a Plan B in the shape of a bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s France international midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The 23-year-old is a year away from the end of his contract and is dragging his heels over signing a new deal.
PSG have offered him wages of €7million ($8million) a year – the equivalent of £120,000 a week. But that offer is likely to lead to the French champions refusing to allow Rabiot to leave.
Manchester United are also being linked with Rabiot.