CHELSEA transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is reportedly keeping his options open despite agreeing a new contract with Lazio.
Milinkovic-Savic is one of the world’s most in-demand midfielders with a handful of top clubs interested in securing his services.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with summer moves for the 23-year-old.
While Chelsea has emerged as a potential destination for him too with reports in Italy suggesting a “monster offer” is in the pipeline.
Maurizio Sarri knows all about Milinkovic-Savic having led Lazio’s Serie A rivals Napoli prior to taking the reins at Stamford Bridge.
And it seems as though the Serbia international could still call time on his Stadio Olimpico career if an opportunity comes up.
Transfer Market Web claim Milinkovic-Savic has agreed a long-term deal with Lazio worth £2.7m (€3m) a year.
But he is said to be holding off on putting pen to paper to see which offers come in before the transfer window shuts.
It seems Milinkovic-Savic will only sign on the dotted line once it is impossible to leave Lazio.
Even then Transfer Market Web suggest the highly-rated ace will only stay at Lazio for one more season.
Chelsea are running out of time to secure Milinkovic-Savic’s services with deadline day fast approaching.
They may be fighting a losing battle if Juventus decide to firm up their interest and rival them for his signature.
Milinkovic-Savic’s father revealed earlier this summer that he has advised his son to head to Turin if he leaves Lazio.
“I’ve told him many times that Juventus would be perfect for him, the ideal club,” said Nikola Milinkovic.
“In Turin there is a prestigious club with multiple trophies that has been dominating the scene for years. He’d have the opportunity to grow and improve until reaching full maturity.
“After three seasons in Rome, Sergej knows the Italian championship perfectly, he has settled and integrated in a big way, he has learned the language well.
“With top quality teammates like Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa and so forth, he could win the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and why not give an important contribution to triumph in the Champions League?
“Juve always go far in that competition and if they were to win the most prestigious trophy, Sergej could even dream of the Ballon d’Or.
“It’s true, but he could go to Spain after he turns 25, when he has completed his football maturity in Italy. That’s what Zinedine Zidane did.”