Chelsea have opened negotiations with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s agents over the Lazio star moving to Stamford Bridge this summer, reports say.
The Serbia international has long been mentioned with a switch to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Tottenham also touted with an interest.
Lazio have thus far refused to budge on their £80 million asking price, but Le 10 Sport state Chelsea are speaking to the star’s team about a move.
Claude Makelele is involved in the talks, advising Chelsea, but the Blues will face competition from PSG.
The French champions have made a bid of £54m for Milinkovic-Savic, although PSG are unwilling to increase their offer.
Chelsea have spent big this summer having already purchased Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner for a combined £87m.
Frank Lampard wants to continue the spending spree and is reportedly targeting Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Milinkovic-Savic is 25 years old and plays in the midfield, chipping in with six goals and five assists this campaign.
The Serbian has been a leading figure in a remarkable campaign for Lazio, where they have launched a title challenge to reigning champions Juventus.
Lazio are currently second in Serie A, four points behind the Old Lady with nine games left to play.
Juventus’ 3-1 win against Genoa kept Lazio at bay, with goals from Douglas Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala keeping the reigning champions on course for their ninth straight title.
Chelsea would allegedly have to come up with a bid of ‘more than £70m’ in order to sign West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice during this summer’s transfer window.
The Blues are reportedly keen to re-sign Rice ahead of the 2020-21 term, with head coach Frank Lampard reportedly viewing the England international as the perfect player to operate in the middle of a back three next season.
A recent report stated that Chelsea were lining up a £45 million offer, but according to the Evening Standard, the capital heavyweights would have to bid in excess of £70 million to convince the Hammers to sell.
Rice, who turned out for Chelsea as a youth player between 2006 and 2014, has contributed two assists in 32 PL appearances for David Moyes’s side during the current campaign.
The Hammers are in a strong position when it comes to talks, meanwhile, as they have the holding midfielder on a contract until the summer of 2024, with the option of a 12-month extension.
Elsewhere, Chelsea star Andreas Christensen has revealed that he is determined to remain at Stamford Bridge.
The Danish star has been a regular under Frank Lampard, though, making 23 appearances across all competitions and starting 10 of the club’s last 11 PL matches.
“I’ve never looked anywhere else,” Andreas told Sky Sports News. “I’ve never doubted my situation. I’ve always had my eyes at Chelsea.
“I’ve had my contract and I’ve always expected to finish that and I’ve always dreamed of even more than that.
“Nothing has changed. Obviously it was a different situation last season but I still love being here, that’s the short answer.”
Chelsea star Andreas Christensen has declared his “love” for the club, with the defender keen for a longer stay with the Blues.
The 24-year-old defender’s future with the Blues looked in doubt after last term when he started just six Premier League matches under Maurizio Sarri.
However, Christensen, a favourite of ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, has been handed 17 Premier League starts by Frank Lampard this term and is enjoying life in the capital again.
Back in January, Frank said he would not let the Denmark international depart because he believes he can develop into a top centre-half at Chelsea.
“I’ve never looked anywhere else. I’ve never doubted my situation. I’ve always had my eyes at Chelsea,” Andreas told Sky Sports.
“I’ve had my contract and I’ve always expected to finish that and I’ve always dreamed of even more than that. Nothing has changed.
“Obviously it was a different situation last season but I still love being here, that’s the short answer.”
Frank has rotated between centre-backs Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma, with each of the quartet having started at least 15 PL games in 2019-20.
This campaign was seen as something of a rebuilding one for the club given Frank’s arrival and the transfer ban imposed on them last year, but they remain in the driving seat for a Top-4 finish.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will allegedly need to come up with an offer of around £70m in order to land the signature of Declan Rice from league rivals West Ham United this summer transfer market.