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City Fail In Talks To Lure £88.5m Rated Serie A Star To England

City Fail In Talks To Lure £88.5m Rated Serie A Star To England

Manchester City have held talks with Lazio over attacking midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports in the Italian media.

The Serie A club’s president Claudio Lotito is said to be demanding €100m (£88.5m) for the Serbian international which is believed to have put off the Citizens.

Pep Guardiola’s side are reportedly worried about the implications that any sizeable offer would have on their upcoming Financial Fair Play case with UEFA.

City could face a ban from European competitions if they are deemed to have broken regulations.

Juventus are Milinkovic-Savic’s other major suitors, and they are believed to have offered €60m (£53m) for the player in the past.

However, Lazio are reportedly only willing to compromise by meeting halfway, with a deal worth €80m (£71m) likely to be accepted if a club makes a bid.

Whether Milinkovic-Savic is even worth that, it is debatable. The 24-year-old scored seven goals and provided just three assists in 41 appearances last season.