Report: Arsenal could now pay £55.7m for 'one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world'
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Report: Arsenal could now pay £55.7m for 'one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world'

Arsenal have been fairly busy in the summer transfer market, bringing in four new players.

The Gunners have landed Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos so far.

Now, Arsenal are reportedly trying to sign another central midfielder.

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Over the past few weeks, the Gunners have apparently set their sights on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic once again.

In June, Corriere dello Sport claimed Arsenal have ‘tried in the past’ for the Lazio ace and ‘returned to the charge’ in May.

Now, Il Messaggero – via TuttoJuve and Sport Witness – claims the Gunners have made a bid for Milinkovic-Savic.

And though Lazio reportedly turned Arsenal’s initial €55m (£47.2m) offer, a higher bid could soon come their way.

The Gunners ‘could go up to €65m (£55.7m)’ for the midfielder, claimed Il Messaggero.

This would apparently be a ‘figure that Lazio would deem appropriate for the Serbian’s farewell’.

Milinkovic-Savic has two years left on his contract, so the Biancocelesti’s hand would be quite strong in negotiations.

Nonetheless, the Serbia international appears keen on trying something new in his career.

Lazio will have some thinking to do in terms of whether to cash in on him now on or next year if he doesn’t pen fresh terms.

‘There’s a reason they call him the Sergeant’

Milinkovic-Savic would be a tricky target for Arsenal to land, given how highly rated he is – and he won’t be going cheap.

But if they do manage to sign him, it would be a major coup for the Gunners.

The 27-year-old is a midfielder of the highest calibre who could play for the world’s best clubs.

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In 2020, 90Min deemed him ‘one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world’.

‘Despite his considerable size, however, the midfielder is astonishingly gifted with the ball at his feet,’ they wrote.

‘Given that his unique talents are well-documented around the world, opponents unsurprisingly double – or sometimes treble up – on the star, hoping to starve him of service and reduce his impact on proceedings.

‘But these attempts are utterly futile. In the blink of an eye, Milinkovic-Savic can make the ball disappear like a magician, hypnotising his markers with lightning footwork before popping it off to a teammate to kickstart an attack.

‘And more often than not, he’ll manage to make a forward pass, even if he finds himself facing his own goal. Athletic stuff for a big man.

‘Milinkovic-Savic also provides an impenetrable shield ahead of his grateful defence, and he has perfected his judgement and timing of a tackle over the last three seasons, now allowing him to dispossess his opponents with precision and incision.

‘And my word, he’s a strong boy. There’s a reason they call him the Sergeant, after all.’

Last season, Milinkovic-Savic registered 22 goal contributions (11 goals, 11 assists) from 37 Serie A games.

He has also lifted three trophies with Lazio – 1 Coppa Italia and 2 Italian Super Cups.

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