But La Lazio Siamo Noi refute this, instead insisting owner Claudio Lotito is sticking to his guns and will not allow Milinkovic-Savic to depart for a discount fee.
Chelsea will therefore have to stop up a significant sum in order to contemplate moving for Milinkovic-Savic, particularly considering expected spending in other areas.
This could partly be generated through player sales and Inter Milan have reportedly lodged a bid for Emerson Palmieri while Tiemoue Bakayoko is attracting attention from AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are set to take up their £48.5m option on Alvaro Morata.
Michy Batshuayi is also considered surplus to requirements but Chelsea will struggle to recoup the £33m they paid Marseille in 2016.
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