The future of Sergej Milinković-Savić has been the subject of several transfer rumors as of late — though that’s probably nothing new — but just as some clarity had started to emerge, Lazio themselves have thrown things wide open.
Last week, the narrative shifted to SMS staying with Lazio, and maybe even signing a slightly better and longer deal than his current contract, which has three years left to run.
But Lazio sporting director Igli Tare acknowledged that the situation is quite as simple, and a lot will depend on the 25-year-old’s desire to continue his five-year relationship with the club.
“The player’s desire is crucial. Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn’t be a problem.
“Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club. When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way. However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”
-Igli Tare; source: Sky Italia via Mail
Lazio may yet end up surprise winners of Serie A this season, and are practically guaranteed Champions League football for next season. With an £80-100m price tag expected, SMS would have to push very hard indeed to leave the club. So that’s probably not happening ... but there’s always a chance!