Arsenal is said to be ready to do anything to sign Lazio captain Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Gunners have been unable to match the ratings of Lazio, one of the players to watch in recent years since his move to Italy in 2015, so they sought to sign the midfielder during the transfer window.
The 27-year-old remains a potential destination for Mikel Arteta, and the Gunners are ready to go all out with a player and cash deal in hopes of securing the signing of Milinkovic-Savic.
Arsenal wasn’t the only one considering signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the summer, as Premier League rivals Manchester United also said they were interested in the Serbian international as a replacement for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, meanwhile Liverpool and Juventus seem to remain interested.
The 27-year-old, who has scored 62 goals and 58 assists in all competitions for (Transfermarkt) Lazio since 2015, including four goals and seven assists this season. The player will also attract attention from some clubs at the World Cup next month.
Arsenal is willing to make sacrifices to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
However, in order to gain an advantage in the race for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the Gunners are willing to sacrifice Sambi Lokonga as part of the deal, even after the 21-year-old signing was around £18m last year.
Only two departures have taken place in the current campaign as he finds himself behind number one midfield duo Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka in hierarchical order, meaning he could be available to launch his career elsewhere should Lazio accept him as part of the deal.
However, Lazio manager Claudio Lotito has claimed the club wants to pay the star midfielder more than £105m and has told Il Messaggero that in January he would dissuade any potential suitors and to make that happen Serbian’s prices would go up every month.