Chelsea keep a close eye on 27-year-old Serbia international

Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has emerged as a summer target for PL giants Chelsea, who are set to rival Man United for his signature. Chelsea could be ready to offer Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a player-plus-cash deal. Man United have been long-term admirers of Serbia international, but a move has never materialized despite strong links.

Man United are planning a midfield overhaul this summer, with Pogba and Matic ready to depart, and Milinkovic-Savic is reportedly once again on Man United’s radar. But the Red Devils are not the only club interested in his signature, with the Blues also showing interest in Sergej.

Chelsea reportedly hold an advantage over the other interested sides, including Man United. Current Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri is keen to reunite with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in Italy, and the Englishman, who is valued at €15-20m, can thus be used as bait to convince the Serie A side into selling the 27-year-old midfielder.

The Blues are in the market for a central midfielder as the futures of Kante and Jorginho still hang in the balance, with the duo entering the final year of their respective deals next campaign.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek does not seem to be the answer to Chelsea’s midfield issues. If the Blues are set to press ahead with such a move, it will come as a major blow for Man United, who were planning an offer for the Serbian midfielder.