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Manchester City plan imminent bid to beat Juventus to 22-year-old midfielder – report

Manchester City will make a bid for highly-rated Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić in the coming weeks as interest continues to rise in the 22-year-old.

According to Sportitalia, Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the Serbian, so much so that City are planning to blow away rival competition for Milinković-Savić, including from Serie A champions Juventus, by making an effort to secure him before the January transfer window opens.

City have previously been linked with the gifted midfielder, whose impact on the Italian league that has been compared to that of Paul Pogba after he joined Juventus from Manchester United in 2012.

In the summer, Lazio owner Claudio Lotito reportedly turn down a €70million bid from an unnamed club for Milinković-Savić, an all-round midfielder, meaning he will be a very expensive acquisition for whoever is successful in signing him from Lazio.

Capable of playing in a deeper or more offensive midfield role, the former Genk man has the versatility and technical qualities that Pep Guardiola loves in his players. He could replace a Yaya Touré or Fernandinho, or alternatively rotate with a David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne.

City had scouts posted at the Stadio Olimpico last month to watch Milinković-Savić feature for Lazio against Napoli, and if tonight’s reports from Italy are true, a bid for his services is imminent.

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