Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s father, Nikola, has encouraged his son to make his next club Juventus.
The Serbia international has enjoyed a remarkable season for Lazio, emerging as their most important player rampaging forward from midfield, and their failure to reach the Champions League makes it likely he will leave for pastures new this summer.
Lazio have been adamant that interested parties, which include Man United as well as Real Madrid, would need to pay over £100m to secure his services.
And his father has explained that joining Juventus would be the smartest move for his son with next season in mind.
“I told him so many times Juventus would be the ideal team, perfect for him,” he said.
“In Turin, in a large prestigious and multi-titled society like the Bianconeri that has dominated the scene for years, he would have the opportunity to grow and improve again until he reaches full maturity.
“After three seasons in Rome, Sergej knows the Italian championship perfectly, he has set and integrated in a big way, he has learned the language well.
“And with players of the highest level as the various [Paulo] Dybala, Douglas Costa and company he could win the Scudetto, the Italian Cup and make an important contribution to triumph in the Champions League, why not?
“Juve always goes very far in this competition. And he were to win the most prestigious cup, Sergej could also aspire to win the Golden Ball.”
Promising Serie A players tend to make a habit of joining Juventus, the top dog in Italy and its sole European superpower. The Old Lady snapped up Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina last summer; Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli and Miralem Pjanic from Roma the year before.
It is not dissimilar from what Bayern Munich do – especially with Borussia Dortmund players. The same phenomenon – which ultimately reinforces the hegemony and predominance of the top dog in that country – occurs in France, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, the Netherlands. And it makes sense to a degree: players don’t always want to uproot to another country and if the opportunity to play for the best in the country is there, nobody will blame them from taking it.