Real Madrid are on the lookout for reinforcements in midfield next summer and have several players on their agenda.
Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham is at the top of the shopping list for Los Blancos. But his valuation and the competition for his services could force them to look elsewhere.
And one name that is now doing the rounds as a possible option for Real Madrid is Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu on several occasions in the past. But Lazio’s €100 million valuation of their midfield mainstay led to the move never materialising.
However, Milinkovic-Savic’s contract with the Italian capital club expires in 2024. And, as things stand, he has shown no indication of wanting to sign a new deal. And given that he will be entering the final year of his contract in the summer, an exit looks likely.
And, as per Corriere dello Sport (h/t SPORT), Milinkovic-Savic’s agent, Mateja Kezman, is offering his client to several top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid.
The report indicates that Kezman could meet the Spanish capital outfit in the near future in order to explain to them the midfielder’s situation and assess their interest in signing Milinkovic-Savic.
As mentioned earlier, Real Madrid are on the lookout for a new midfielder and have made Bellingham their top target. The Merengues have identified Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans as a Plan B if they miss out on the England international.
So, while Milinkovic-Savic can be an option for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, he is not considered a priority at the moment. And Real Madrid would be unwilling to match his €60 million valuation as things stand.
In case Lazio lower their asking price for the Serbian international, Real Madrid could consider making a bid, although they will have to face competition from Juventus.
The Bianconeri’s interest in the 27-year-old is much more concrete than Madrid’s and there is a strong belief that the midfielder could end up in Turin next summer unless he pushes for a move to Real Madrid, which forces Lazio to lower their asking price.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.