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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly interested in signing 24 year old Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Chelsea scouts watched the midfielder in Lazio’s 2-1 loss to Celtic on Thursday and it is believed the Blues will make a move for the 24 year old next summer.
In the past, Lazio president Claudio Lotito has refused offers approaching €100million (£86m) for the player he regards as the ‘sergeant’ of the side but according to Daily Mail, Milinkovic-Savic would be available for a cheaper price next summer and Chelsea will bid in the region of €60m (£52m).
Lampard wants Milinkovic-Savic at Chelsea because he regards the 24 year old as a similar player to himself, due to his technical abilities and eye for goal.
Lampard could play Milinkovic-Savic with licence to push forward in the knowledge that N’Golo Kante could cover for him defensively.
A classic box-to-box midfielder because of his strong physique, physicality and speed, it isn’t hard to see why Lampard regards him so highly.
Milinkovic-Savic is also strong in the air, winning an average of 4.1 headers this season in the league. Milinkovic-Savic is technically good, possessing the ability to pick out teammates with through balls, while also shooting from distance.