Liverpool have had a bid rejected by Lazio for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
That’s according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who are claiming that the Reds made an opening offer of £24m for the Serbian international.
The twenty-two year old moved to the Serie A club from Belgian side Genk two years ago and has built a growing reputation in Italy since claiming a place in the Lazio side.
Lazio paid £7.5m to snap up Milinkovic-Savic, but now want a reported £62m fee to allow him to move on – and that is a price Liverpool will have no intention of paying.
The midfielder is reported to be viewed as a potentially cheaper target for the Reds than RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, who would command a hefty fee if he can be got away from the German club.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will have to pay big fees to secure the signings of key target Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton and former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah from AS Roma.
So any deal for Milinkovic-Savic would need to be considerably cheaper than the reported asking price.