Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was offered €8 million (£7m/$9m) per year to move to France, agent Mateja Kezman has claimed.
The Serbia international was persistently linked with a move away from Lazio in the summer transfer window but remains in Rome, despite reportedly being wanted by some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Among them were Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain , and the player’s representative has dropped a large hint that he was offered lavish terms by the Ligue 1 side.
“Many teams were after Sergej and we presented a couple of very interesting offers to Lazio. He could have earned much more elsewhere – in France they offered him €8 million,” Kezman told La Gazzetta dello Sport .
“But, in the end, we accepted the club’s decision not to sell without any arguments. They have rejected all the offers and we never pushed for a transfer because he is happy in Rome.”
Furthermore, the club’s ambition to finish in the top four of the Serie A table in the forthcoming season was a further reason for the 23-year-old to stay put.
“President Claudio Lotito and sporting director Igli Tare explained that they want to aim for the Champions League and that Milinkovic is a key player to reach this goal. That is also his goal,” former Chelsea and PSG attacker Kezman continued.
“He stayed because he wants to bring the Champions League to Lazio. And he is only 23, and under coach Simeone Inzaghi he is improving day by day – another year here will do him good.”
The player, who has been previously valued at €100m (£90m/$116m) by his agent , has played three times in Serie A so far this season, with Lazio earning three points, having suffered defeats against Napoli and Juventus in the opening weeks of the season.