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Arsenal report: Gunners ready to spend big on Serie A star - but they have a rival

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
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Arsenal are ready to splash the cash on Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.

After narrowly missing out on a top-four finish in the Premier League last season, the Gunners will be looking to go one better next term.

In order to do so they will need to strengthen their squad in several areas, and Mikel Arteta is expected to be given money to spend this summer.

Milinkovic-Savic, who has been linked with Manchester United (opens in new tab) on a regular basis, has emerged as a target for the north London side.

Corriere dello Sport (opens in new tab) writes that Arsenal (opens in new tab) are willing to pay in excess of £42m for the Serbia international. 

Mikel Arteta

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Milinkovic-Savic is ready to seek pastures new this summer after spending seven seasons at Lazio (opens in new tab) following his move from Genk in 2015.

No official offers have been submitted for the midfielder yet, but Arsenal are weighing up a bid.

However, there are fears at the Emirates Stadium that Newcastle (opens in new tab) could enter the race to sign the 27-year-old.

In the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, the Magpies have the richest owner in world football.

They could potentially trump any bid that Arsenal submit for Milinkovic-Savic, although Newcastle's absence from European competition could count against them.

Eddie Howe

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While Milinkovic-Savic could swap Rome for London ahead of next season, Granit Xhaka could move in the other direction.

Roma (opens in new tab) came close to signing the Switzerland international last summer and Jose Mourinho's side are poised to renew their interest in him.

Xhaka was a regular starter for Arsenal in 2021/22, forming a solid partnership with Thomas Partey in the engine room.

Xhaka is under contract in north London until 2024, while Arsenal have the option to extend his deal by another 12 months.

But the midfielder might be keen for a new challenge after six years at the Emirates, during which time he has endured an up-and-down relationship with Arsenal supporters.

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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).