Having missed out on - or be inexplicably dithering on - seemingly dozens of midfielders already this summer, Fiorentina now turn to Genk midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian is a big, rugged destroyer, very much in the mold of the sort of players Paulo Sousa appears to have requested. Originally thought to be close to Lazio, it seems Fiorentina have jumped to the front of the queue, although Genk are believed to be holding out for €10 million, a fee well above what the Della Valle will pay for a talent unproven in a top league.
I haven't seen a lot of Milinkovic-Savic (Jupiler League experts, give us a holler in the comments), but, from what I can glean online, he made 18 starts for the Belgian side last year and six substitute appearances, scoring 5 goals and notching 1 assist. He's a load in the air, and can hit a shot from distance with either foot. I can't honestly say much about his passing, although he does seem a bit prone to yellow cards.
If nothing else, the youngster has already stocked up his trophy cabinet, winning the U-19 Euros and U-20 World Cup with Serbia, and bringing home the Bronze Ball in the latter for his excellent midfield performances. He also won the Serbian Cup with Vojvodina in 2014. As a bonus, his younger brother Vanja Milinkovic-Savic is a really enormous goalkeeper recently signed by Manchester United. Anyways, with rumors of Stevan Savic possibly leaving, it's good to know that another tall (semi-) Savic may be inbound.