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According to Daily Mail, Chelsea scouts watched Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as part of the club’s preparation for a summer bid.
Chelsea scouts watched the Serbian international feature for Lazio on Thursday night as Lazio lost 2-1 to Celtic.
Lazio reportedly value the Serbian midfielder at £86m but the Blues reportedly intend submitting an opening bid of £52million next year.
Milinkovic-Savic have scored 33 goals and assisted a further 23 since joining Lazio four years ago.
Premier League rivals Manchester United are also interested in the midfielder and have reportedly secured a verbal agreement with Milinkovic-Savic over personal terms.
Chelsea have a huge transfer budget thanks to the sell of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and the transfer embargo.