Arsenal technical director Edu has been given a small glimpse of hope in the race to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years, with Manchester United often said to be monitoring his situation.
However, football.london understand that Mikel Arteta is in the market for a midfielder this summer - even after having already welcomed Fabio Vieira to the Emirates Stadium. It's said that the Gunners are interested in signing Youri Tielemans, but with Thursday's transfer deadline approaching and a deal yet to materialise, Edu has explored alternatives.
One of whom is said to be Milinkovic-Savic. According to Italian publication Il Mattino in July, Lazio were hoping to sell the Serbia international to either Arsenal or United for a fee between €55million (£46m) and €60million (£50m).
Tutto Juve, via Sport Witness, previously reported that the north Londoners were ready to accelerate their efforts for Milinkovic-Savic. It's said that Arsenal were willing to offer £42million for his signature.
However, regardless of whether the reports are to be believed, the Lazio midfielder's agent, Mateja Kezman, given an update on his client's future. Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Kezman ruled out an exit from Maurizio Sarri's side unless a 'miracle happens'.
"The decision has been made," Milinkovic-Savic's agent said. "Sergej will stay at Lazio unless a miracle happens in the final few days of the window."
Nonetheless, Arteta has said that 'anything can happen' before the summer transfer window shuts. The Arsenal boss said: "What we can communicate we always do when it's the right moment. We discussed that we have a big squad and we've allowed some players to leave. Until the end of the window, anything can happen."