Many clubs have lodged an interest in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic without pulling the trigger but Chelsea are now waiting to pounce, reports The Independent.
The fee wanted by Lazio – in the region of €100 million – has put several clubs off, including Manchester United, and the Blues have not yet acted for the same reason. But they have been handed fresh hope as the Serbian is thought to favour a move to London.
It is understood that Maurizio Sarri’s side will react should another team make a concrete offer for the 23-year-old attacking midfielder, who scored 12 goals in 35 Serie A appearances last season.
Though Sarri is confident of keeping Eden Hazard and Willian – whom have attracted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively – Milinkovic-Savic is the obvious back-up plan should either or both leave.
One thing is for certain – AC Milan are on the hunt for a striker this summer. Now Alvaro Morata has thrown his hat into the ring, with reports claiming that the misfiring Chelsea striker is keen on a move.
It is understood by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio – a usually reliable source – that the Rossoneri’s news sporting director Leonardo has already touched base with Morata’s advisors.
Chelsea will not give the Spain forward up easily, however. They are quoting between €65 and €70 million, approximately the price they paid to pluck him for Real Madrid 12 months ago.
But Morata is just one of many options being sounded out by Milan, with Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain and Monaco marksman Radamel Falcao all still in the frame. Nikola Kalinic is likely to be the fall guy – with Atletico Madrid interested.
The clamour surrounding a potential Edinson Cavani move to Real Madrid has intensified as further reports have claimed that the Uruguay striker is seriously piquing the interest of the Champions League holders.
The 31-year-old may not be the glamorous pick – but surely the most accessible. And given that Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a club-record 450 goals with him to Juventus, Cavani, who has scored at a rate of 0.7 goals per game for PSG, would go some way to filling that void.
The report goes on to say that although Cavani has a contract in Paris until 2020, the club should be willing to let him go for less than €100 million given his advancing years.