Arsenal could make 'surprise' signing in £59.5m star at the Emirates

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Arsenal are ‘capable of causing a surprise’ in the transfer market amid links to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Gunners are believed to be in the market for a central midfielder this summer and have been credited with a shock interest in the Lazio star in recent days.

What is the latest news involving Milinkovic-Savic?

Italian outlet Calciomercato have recently claimed that Arsenal have tabled a €50 million (£42.3m) bid for Milinkovic-Savic that was rejected by his current club.

It’s claimed that the north London outfit are a long way off the 27-year-old’s €70m (£59.5m) valuation and that their offer was ‘not even considered’ by the Serie A side.

Fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Newcastle United are also credited with an interest in Milinkovic-Savic, who has long been tipped to make the switch to the top-flight of English football.

The Serbia international has two years remaining on his contract at the Stadio Olimpico and Lazio may view this summer as the prime time to cash-in on their prized asset.

What has Jones said about Arsenal?

Arsenal have also been linked to Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans, and Jones believes Milinkovic-Savic would ‘probably cost twice as much’ as the Belgium international.

He told GiveMeSport: “Well, for starters, it would probably cost twice as much as Tielemans would. And in the past, I would have totally ruled that out, but Arsenal have done deals that have surprised me in the last few years.

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“Nicolas Pepe was the first that I absolutely didn’t see them doing, and they ended up ultimately overpaying for him and getting him.

“Gabriel Jesus, when that rumour began, I would have been very sceptical about whether they could get it over the line, but they’ve done it. So, Arsenal are capable of causing a surprise now in the transfer market.”

Would Milinkovic-Savic be a good signing?

90min have previously described Milinkovic-Savic as “sensational”, and following an outstanding 2021/22 campaign, it’s hard to argue with that assessment.

The 6 foot 3 powerhouse registered 11 goals and 12 assists in 47 appearances across all competitions for Lazio last season, firing them to a fifth-placed finish in Serie A.

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As per FBref, Milinkovic-Savic also ranked in the 98th percentile for total shots, touches in the attacking penalty area, and progressive passes received, 92nd for aerial duels won, and the 90th for shot-creating actions amongst his positional peers over the last year.

It’s clear that the box-to-box midfielder could be a valuable addition to Arsenal’s engine room, and Mikel Arteta will surely be hoping the club’s hierarchy can pull off another piece of impressive business.

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