Report: Club could demand one of three Chelsea players in deal for £68m-rated midfielder
Lazio could ask for one of three Chelsea players as part of the potential deal for midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian outlet claims that Chelsea have now entered the list of clubs interested in the 27-year-old, alongside the likes of Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Arsenal.
As things stand, however, the London club has reportedly yet to make an offer or any contact for Milinkovic-Savic, who is said to be admired by Thomas Tuchel.
Lazio’s high asking price of €80million (£68.7m) might have been the issue.
However, if Chelsea are to make their move, La Gazzetta dello Sport suggested that Lazio will consider asking for a player swap plus cash deal, instead.
Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri, who is also a former Chelsea manager, is reportedly interested in three Blues players; Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Emerson Palmieri, and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Loftus-Cheek seems to be one of the potential candidates to replace Milinkovic-Savic, and Chelsea are said to value him at €20m (£17.2m).
The report also mentioned that Lazio deem Loftus-Cheek’s current salary viable.
Tuchel will have plenty of new midfield options among returning loanees, such as Ethan Ampadu, Conor Gallagher, and Billy Gilmour, ahead of the new season, so offloading Loftus-Cheek for Milinkovic-Savic would not hurt their squad depth.
Emerson, who spent last season on loan at Lyon, is reportedly among the players Chelsea are willing to offload this summer.
Like Loftus-Cheek, the Italy international has two years left in his contract, but he is said to be valued at €10m (£8.6m) by the Blues.
Considering Marcos Alonso reportedly also wants to leave Chelsea to return to Spain this summer, keeping Emerson seems to be the safest option for Tuchel this summer.
Arrizabalaga, on the other hand, is unlikely to leave permanently given his price tag. His high salary also means Chelsea would have to partly cover part of his wages if he were to go on loan at Lazio.