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Chelsea make first offer for 27-year-old midfielder

Chelsea have reportedly opened talks to make a move for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. This is according to Italian outlet CalcioNews24 (reported via Football.London), who believe the Blues could be making several deals with the Serie A outfit.

Reports have pegged the 27-year-old Serb as a player valued at £68m, with the Blues willing to use their own players in return for a reduced transfer price.

The Blues are said to be open to trading Emerson Palmieri or Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Milinkovic-Savic (plus cash). However, Lazio are said to be uninterested in any swap deal and want the price to be paid in full for Milinkovic-Savic.

Do Chelsea need Milinkovic-Savic?

SS Lazio v Hellas Verona FC – Serie A

The Blues currently have Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the four options to play at the two-man midfield pivot.

They will also have the services of returning players like Billy Gilmour (from Norwich City) and the excellent Conor Gallagher, who had a great season on loan at Crystal Palace.

This means Thomas Tuchel’s side are comfortably stacked in midfield heading into the new season.

While the likes of Jorginho and Kante will need to be replaced in years to come, the Blues may be better off tackling other areas of their squad in this summer’s transfer window.

Hard summer for the Blues?

Chelsea had a change of ownership at the end of May. Todd Boehly and his consortium officially took over last month and spent the first few weeks getting up to speed on the situation at the club.

The consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital completes the acquisition of Chelsea Football Club.

The consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital completes the acquisition of Chelsea Football Club.

They spent the next few days adjusting to the craft and have since taken a radical step to clean house down to the boardroom level. Boehly is the new interim sporting director and CEO of Stamford Bridge.

Petr Cech, Technical and Performance Advisor, will step down from his role effective June 30.

Petr Cech, Technical and Performance Advisor, will step down from his role effective June 30.

All this commotion at the top level has pushed the Blues to fall behind on transfer activities. While they have been linked with a number of players, Chelsea have yet to land a single summer goal.

Defense is where the most work needs to be done, as the Blues will lose two defenders in Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers.


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Edited by Arjun Panchadar

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