Italian media are reporting that AC Milan are lining up a big-money move for Lazio’s star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
According to La Stampa, Milan are preparing a deal that would see the Serbian move north on an initial one-year loan deal with a €40million fee, and an €80million option to buy at the end of next season.
Milan, who have fallen afoul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations recently, are looking to build around newly-arrived striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has just joined from Juventus in a deal that also included defender Mattia Caldara, with centre-back Leonardo Bonucci moving in the opposite direction.
New AC Milan sporting director Leonardo is looking for creative players who can complement Higuain, and Milinkovic-Savic is seemingly at the top of his list.
The summer transfer window is in full swing especially with Premier League clubs racing to get deals over the line before their August 9 deadline.
With the rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the noise.
Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.
Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the Rumour Mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.
Chelsea are the latest to pursue Mateo Kovacic after the Real Madrid midfielder turned down Manchester United, Italian outlet CalcioMercato claim.
Why it will happen: Kovacic is unlikely to build on the playing time he enjoyed at the Bernabeu last season and has to move to feature regularly.
Why it won’t happen: A striker should remain Chelsea’s priority after missing out on Gonzalo Higuain to AC Milan. The Blues have other midfield talents within their ranks who could step up.
Prediction: Maurizio Sarri may not have complete faith in the likes of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and may push for the move but the club call the shots and will be unwilling to spend big money on a Real Madrid substitute. Kovacic as well may prefer a move to Serie A where former team Inter Milan are reportedly interested.
Milan Skriniar says his future is in Inter Milan’s hands after admitting he is flattered by Manchester United’s interest.
At the moment it could well take a crazy bid for Inter to sell their prized asset, though Skriniar, in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, was happy to rule out ever moving to another Italian club.
Why it will happen: Skriniar is one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Europe and United are desperate to sign a centre-back to partner Eric Bailly.
Why it won’t happen: United appear to be deep in their pursuits of Yerry Mina and Toby Alderweireld while Inter will surely want to hold on to the promising youngster for longer before they cash in.
Prediction: It’s a little late in the window for United to launch a bid for Skriniar who is probably only making himself available for a move beyond next season.
Arsenal are looking to bolster their defence before the summer transfer window shuts.
Why it will happen: Unai Emery isn’t content with the centre-backs at his disposal and is keen to add a no-nonsense defender to his back-line.
Why it won’t happen: Arsenal are short of funds and may run out of time to raise them by selling a couple of fringe players.
Prediction: Vida would enjoy the prospect of a Premier League move at the age of 29 but it’s up to Arsenal to make it happen.
The World Cup winner has apparently been on Barcelona’s radar for a while, but given the capture of Bayern Munich enforcer Arturo Vidal late on Friday night, it seems as though a prospective deal for the Frenchman is dead in the water.
Valverde, speaking at a press conference, revealed his admiration for the former Juventus star who has had a falling out with Jose Mourinho, however, the man in charge at the Camp Nou all but ruled out a move for the Red Devils central midfielder ahead of the new campaign.