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Arsenal: Edu in talks for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Arsenal are in talks regarding a move to bring Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claim that Edu has now made contact with Mateja Kezman – the Serbia international’s agent – concerning a deal for the Lazio talisman this winter.

The report goes on to state that, with the attacking midfielder now 28 years of age, his chances of securing a so-called big move are faltering, however, the playmaker’s current side are believed to be eager to tie their star man down to a new deal at the Stadio Olimpico – with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2024.

In terms of Milinkovic-Savic’s asking price, Lazio president Claudio Lotito revealed in an interview with Il Messaggero back in October 2022 that “every month the price goes up” for the Serb, with the Serie A club said to be demanding a figure in the region of €120m (£106m) in order to part with the midfielder in January.

“Insane”

Considering the extraordinary ability Milinkovic-Savic undoubtedly possesses, it is not difficult to understand why Mikel Arteta would be interested in a deal to bring the 28-year-old to The Emirates in the January transfer window.

Indeed, over his 16 Serie A appearances in the current campaign, the £53m-rated talent has been in exceptional attacking form, having already scored three goals – outperforming his xG of 2.00 – registered seven assists and created seven big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.6 shots, making 1.3 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per game.

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The £100k-per-week midfielder also impresses in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 1.7 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and winning 6.8 duels – at a success rate of 53% – per match, as well as playing an average of 2.9 long balls, 2.3 chipped passes and completing 40 total passes – at a success rate of 77% – per fixture.

These returns have seen the player who journalist Arjun Pradeep dubbed a “phenomenon” and reporter Siavoush Fallahi labelled “insane” average a simply breathtaking Sofascore match rating of 7.28, not only ranking him as Maurizio Sarri’s second-best performer in the league but also as the joint ninth-best player in the Italian top flight as a whole.

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As such, with Milinkovic-Savic evidently being a talent who is as effective in the final third as he is in a defensive capacity, it is indeed easy to see why Arteta would be interested in a deal to bring the 39-cap international to north London this winter, as based on the Lazio star’s numbers of late, he would most certainly make an insane title-boosting addition to the Spaniard’s current options in the middle of the park.