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.