The Catalan giants will be looking for a new creative midfielder this summer replacing the departing Andres Iniesta. Will it be Sergej Milinkovic-Savic?
After looking at several targets they appear to have found the right player, but Lazio have quoted an astonishing €80m for their prized possession.
23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic is one of Europe’s hottest prospects right now. Mundo Deportivo claims Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus are also interested in his services.
Milinkovic-Savic scored an impressive 15 goals and got six assists in all competitions for Simone Inzaghi’s side in the 2017/18 season.
In terms of the fee, any player that’s rumoured to be the next ‘Zidane’ or next ‘Messi’ immediately has another €40m slapped into their price tag. However if you keep the player for 10 years, then paying €8m a year for potentially a world-class midfielder does not seem as bad. That’s of course minus the wages which are increasing rapidly.
It’s coming towards the end of an era at Barcelona. It’s the right time to freshen the team up with younger players to build the next generation. With players such as Coutinho and Dembélé, Barcelona look intent on doing just that.