Spanish-born Milinkovic-Savic netted twice for Lazio in a dominant 3-0 win over Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday [25 February] to become the youngest midfielder across Europe's five major leagues to reach the nine-goal mark this season (11 across all competitions), per BBC Sport.
A tall powerful presence in midfield for Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic has taken his game to new heights this season, His 9 goals and 3 assists have helped Lazio challenge for the Champions League spots this season while his physicality has helped the Serie A side win a number of balls back. "We have little time to recover, but when you have goals fatigue in your head disappears faster".
Leaders Napoli can go four points clear of Juve if they win at lowly Cagliari on Monday.
Stefan de Vrij, Marco Parolo and Luis Alberto all started on the bench for Lazio ahead of next week's Italian Cup semi-final, second leg clash against AC Milan in Rome.
Before the match against Sassuolo, Lazio's sporting director Igli Tare had confirmed the club had rejected a 70 million euro ($86 million) bid for Milinkovic-Savic, with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs reportedly interested in the Serbia midfielder, who turns 23 on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old scored a double last week to get Lazio back to winning ways after a three-match losing streak, and hit a hat-trick in a 5-1 rout of Steaua Bucharest in Europa League action on Thursday.
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The trio of teams linked have the financial might to test the resolve of the capital club, and while they all have midfield options in abundance already, the Lazio man is good enough to make an impact for any of those sides.
Berardi was sent off for a bad tackle on Stefan Radu while Marusic saw red for elbowing Brazilian defender Rogerio.
Hellas Verona gave itself hope of avoiding the drop with a 2-1 win over Torino.
Crotone are 17th, just ahead of SPAL.