Liverpool identified €47.6m rated midfielder as a replacement for Emre Can

LIVERPOOL have joined Manchester City in the race for Lazio’s star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly sees the Serbian youngster as a replacement for Emre Can, who is set to join Juventus in 2018.

However, Lazio see the star as “unsellable” and have slapped a £62.3million price-tag on his head.

Despite the monumental cost, a number of Italian outlets have claimed Liverpool are leading the pack in the race to clinch the Serb’s signature.

Liverpool hope they will have a starting midfield pair of Milinkovic-Savic and Naby Keita – who joins the Anfield club in the summer – for 2018-19.

Milinkovic-Savic’s agent Mateja Kezman however has echoed Lazio’s sentiment that the youngster is “unsellable”, as the January transfer window creeps ever closer.

Former Chelsea forward Kezman revealed: “There’s interest from many Spanish, English and Italian teams but we’re not going to leave Lazio.

“The lad is happy in the capital.

“Coach [Simone] Inzaghi and the club are doing great things for him and Sergej is growing every day.”

Milinkovic-Savic has got off to a flying start in Serie A this term, scoring four goals, while laying on a further four assists.

He has been an integral first-team member as Lazio have soared to fifth in Serie A – just four points behind Juventus, with a game in-hand.

Now Liverpool are hoping to beat Man City to Milinkovic-Savic having already dealt with the Italian side in the transfer market recently.

The Reds sold flop Luis Alberto to the Rome club – who has gone on to rediscover his from in the capital.

Prior to joining Lazio ins 2015 Milinkovic-Savic spent one year at Belgian side Genk and a season at Serbian side Vojvodina.