Sergei Milinkovic-Savic is expected to move to Al Hilal.

Transfer market expert Fabricio Romano said on his SNS on the 12th (hereinafter Korean time), “Milinkovich-Savic is going to Al-Hilal. Paperwork is currently being done with an offer of 40 million euros (approximately 57 billion won). “Milinkovic-Savic will sign a three-year deal with Al-Hilal and will play alongside Ruben Neves and Kalidou Koulibaly.”안전놀이터

Earlier, on the 10th, Italian ‘Tuto Mercato’ said, “Milinkovic-Savic’s contract with Lazio will expire next summer. Lazio has already accepted Al-Hilal’s offer of 40 million euros. Everything is Milinkovic-Savic. It’s up to him. Currently, Al-Hilal has offered him an annual salary of 20 million euros (about 28.5 billion won).”

Milinkovic-Savic joined Lazio from Genk in Belgium in 2015. And he started playing as a main midfielder in earnest from the 2016-17 season. In particular, under the guidance of coach Simone Inzaghi, in the 2017-18 season, he scored 12 goals and 3 assists in 35 Italian Serie A games, showing off his offensive talent.

Transfer rumors naturally arose. He was also linked with Manchester United last summer. At the time, Man United started to strengthen the midfield after coach Eric Ten Hag took over, and promoted the recruitment of his pupil, Frenkie the Yong (Barcelona) during his time at Ajax. However, negotiations were not smooth. In the end, Manchester United had to activate Plan B.

In this process, the name of Milinkovic-Savic was mentioned. However, it did not lead to a specific recruitment stage. Coach Ten Hagh is known to have wanted a third-line midfielder who plays more backwards than Milinkovic-Savic, even in the same central midfielder. And eventually, ‘world class’ defensive midfielder Casemiro joined.

Milinkovic-Savic has a contract with Lazio until the summer of 2024. Having been linked to several English clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, he is now close to going to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has recently been focusing on recruiting top European players with its enormous oil capital.

It started with Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo joined Al Nasr in January. Afterwards, Al-Hilal also contacted Lionel Messi. Al-Hilal offered a huge salary while Messi completed his accompaniment with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), but Messi’s final choice was Inter Miami of the American Major League Soccer (MLS), not Saudi Arabia.

However, even after that, Saudi Arabia’s temptation for ‘world class’ players continued. After all, Real Madrid’s key striker Karim Benzema, who won the Ballon d’Or, recently wore an Al Ittihad uniform. In addition, N’Golo Kante, who was active as a member of France’s 2018 World Cup winning team, will also be transferred.

These are players who are now in their mid-30s and preparing for the twilight of their careers. What is surprising is that players who are still in their prime have recently chosen to go to Saudi Arabia. Neves, who played with Hwang Hee-chan at Wolverhampton and was evaluated as a top midfielder in the English Premier League (EPL), also recently transferred to Al Hilal. He is currently 26 years old.

In addition, Koulibaly, who was acclaimed as a top-notch defender in Serie A for a long time in Napoli, also left Chelsea and wore an Al-Hilal uniform. Koulibaly is also 32 years old, and given the position of center back, he could have been active on the top stage in Europe for another 2-3 years. In addition to them, 28-year-old Milinkovic-Savic has also decided to move to Al-Hilal.

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