NEWCASTLE look set to steal Sergej Milinkovic-Savic right from the hands of Arsenal.
The Gunners have been chasing the Lazio midfielder over the last week and had looked to strike up a deal with the Italian side.
It seemed as though Mikel Arteta’s side would sign the Serbian on loan until the end of the season before paying out £44million for a permanent deal.
However it has been reported through Il Messaggero that Newcastle will make a last minute move to lure Milinkovic-Savic up to the North East.
The Magpies will offer Lazio £53million as well as a staggering £10million signing bonus for the midfield maestro.
The investment for Newcastle comes as they look to push on for the potential of Champions League football next season as well as their first major domestic trophy for 68 years as they remain in the final four of the Carabao Cup.
The 27-year-old could give Newcastle the final boost they need with Milinkovic-Savic becoming one of the most reliable players in Serie A since joining Lazio in 2015.
The season alone has seen him net five times as well as assist seven more in just 22 games.
Adding this on to his tally as a whole at Lazio, the midfielder has been involved in 121 goals during his 316 appearances for the club.
If Eddie Howe’s side are able to acquire the services of Milinkovic-Savic, he will be added to the growing list of big names signed by Newcastle since being taken over by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
With the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak joining over the last year, Newcastle have transformed themselves from a relegation fighting side to one of the strongest teams in the Prem.
As well as Milinkovic-Savic, the Magpies have also expressed interest in Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko as well as South Korean star Kang-In Lee.