Transfer News: Liverpool linked with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
The Serbian midfielder could be the replacement for the outgoing Georginio Wijnaldum, who did not renew his deal at Anfield and is now at Paris Saint-Germain.
However, the report mentions that it would take a ‘monstrous offer’ to land the former KRC Genk midfielder. The 26-year-old impressed this season with 8 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for the Serie A outfit.
It is evident that Liverpool would need to replace Wijnaldum one way or the other. He was an ever-present in Jurgen Klopp’s injury-hit side last year and his departure would naturally leave a void to be filled.
Savic could be a great capture in that regard. At 26, he has a lot of footballing years still left in him and could be a great replacement for the Dutchman in the middle of the park.
He has spent 6 seasons at Lazio and in that time, has gathered 21 caps for his national team. Liverpool do have a decent crop of midfielders when it comes to squad depth.
However, a big chunk of them, including the influential trio of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, and Thiago Alcantara missed games due to fitness problems this season. And the German manager should be prepared in case of a repeat of this situation.
That is not to say that Savic would be a backup option. He can come in a challenge for starts straightaway, thereby increasing competition within Liverpool’s midfield.
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With one Serbian midfielder linked with a move to Anfield, another Serbian midfielder is touted to depart in the summer. According to The Athletic (Subscription Required) and as covered by The Kop Times, Marko Grujic could leave in the summer along with a number of other players in order to boost the transfer budget.