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Paolo Di Canio issues Real Madrid warning for this Lazio star

The former Italian international portends the midfielder’s departure to the more glamorous surroundings of Santiago Bernabeu

Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was a star in the side’s fifth place finish last term. The Serb naturally garnered attention from the mightier quarters of Europe, and ex-Lazio, Juventus and Napoli forward Paolo Di Canio feels he might join Real Madrid soon.

The Biancocelesti have put up a price tag of €120 million for the 23-year old amid Real Madrid links, and even though it’s a hefty one, Di Canio feels the club would still price him away. “Everybody can ask as much as they want. If you lose Courtois in the final days of the transfer window then you are forced to sign Kepa for €80 million. If Lotito sells SMS for that fee, I’d be happy for him. But we’ve got to remember than Milinkovic-Savic is a good prospect for now, nothing more.

“He is an amazing talent, but his price-tag is too high. He is a prospect for the level he aims to play for. We are talking about Real Madrid and Real Madrid want to win, every year.”

The 50-year old also feels the prospect of winning trophies could be a factor, but the player still has a lot to prove before making the switch. “Milinkovic-Savic is a good player but he needs to prove that he can play at the highest levels, he needs to prove that he can make the difference with club like Real Madrid. He must be more concrete and do less tricks. He likes to show off his skills but he must be more concrete. With all the respect due, he has been playing for Lazio and he won nothing, it’s not enough to demand €120 million.”

However, he does admit that joining a club like Real Madrid would be a step further in his career. He said, “However, I reckon you can do a step forward by joining a bigger club because the new manager, new directors and new experienced team-mates can give you advices on how to improve your game and further raise your level.”

Author’s Take

Milinkovic-Savic is a talented player, but Real Madrid currently need a forward more than anything else. And the €120 million price tag at the moment also feels a bit too much for a player with only one season at the top.

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