Any potential Lazio move for Rangers star Ianis Hagi could well depend on the future of one Serie A midfielder attracting £60m (€70m) interest from the continent’s top clubs.
Serbian star Sergej Milinković-Savić has been routinely linked with the Stadio Olimpico exit door over the last few years with this summer potentially the juncture where those reports become reality.
Despite being contracted until 2024, Milinković-Savić has once again been extensively linked with a move out of Italy in the sports press.
Real Madrid have been extensively linked to the midfielder who has recorded a personal best number of assists this season (10).
Milinković-Savić is regarded so highly he’s been touted as a Luka Modric replacement at the Bernabeu, the Croatian midfielder now in the twilight of a stunning career.
It’s not just the Spanish giants who are reportedly interested in the Serbian midfielder either – Steven Gerrard’s side Liverpool have also been extensively linked to the midfielder.
The Anfield club have had a challenging season domestically and the commanding presence of Milinković-Savić could be the secret to reasserting their dominance in England.
At 26, the ex-Genk midfielder is about to hit the prime years of his career and there will be plenty of clubs monitoring the player ahead of the summer window.
But should Lazio move Milinković-Savić on it creates a hole in their squad with plenty of money to spend to repair it.
Ianis Hagi, 22, has shown himself to be a fine creator of goals this season, his development evident by the impressive haul of 12 assists already this season.
Not only that, but Hagi has emerged as a matchwinner for Rangers, scoring seven goals this season and the only goal of a Scottish Premiership game twice – against Hibs and St. Johnstone at Ibrox.
According to La Lazio Siamo Noi, the Rome club are preparing a £9m (€10m) bid for the Rangers midfielder and hope to tempt him to Italy ahead of the Premier League.
Rangers would be losing an immensely talented young asset should Hagi move on but with greater finances to flex should Milinković-Savić leave, perhaps the Gers would be underselling at that price.
Hagi has continued his fine form this season by silencing his critics on the international stage with a late World Cup Qualifying winner for Romania – a landmark goal for the attacking midfielder.