Newcastle United’s summer transfer plans are in full swing and it seems the Magpies are eyeing a marquee signing to bolster their ranks. According to reports, Sergej Milinković-Savić is high on their wishlist, with the Lazio midfielder out of contract at the end of next season.
The standout Serbian player has caught the attention of several top Premier League clubs, including title-challengers Arsenal. And with the relatively modest fee of €40m (£35m) being touted, it seems the Magpies would be wise to snap up Milinković-Savić’s signature before a rival suitor swoops in.
At 28 years old, Milinković-Savić is in the prime of his career and seeking pastures new after eight years of servitude at Lazio. This season, he has been talismanic for the Eagles, scoring six goals and providing eight assists from 30 league outings, and spearheading a hard-working and diligent midfield that has been tactically tuned to the system.
For Newcastle, prising the star man from such an admirable setup can only enrich the flourishing Premier League squad, who are currently third in the rankings and holding 63 points after 33 matches. Interestingly, the stats show similarities between Milinković-Savić and 19-year-old English prodigy Jude Bellingham, who is currently starring for Borussia Dortmund and being courted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Milinković-Savić’s signing would be the trademark requisite for success on Tyneside, complementing the precision on the transfer front since the affluent 2021 takeover and perhaps providing Bruno Guimaraes with the perfect central partner. Indeed, Guimaraes has been integral to Newcastle’s success since his arrival, and such a partnership would only serve to unleash the “monster” inside the Serbian player’s belly, as noted by reporter Carlo Garganese.
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle can indeed secure Milinković-Savić’s coveted signature and secure their place in European competition for the first time since 2003. But with the Serb in the team alongside Guimaraes, it’s likely that European nights will soon be accompanied by silver-laden success.