Manchester United have been fancied to make an approach for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer, according to Corriere dello Sport (today’s edition, page 17).
The Red Devils are braced for the departure of midfielder Paul Pogba, who has no plans of extending his current deal expiring on June 30.
Amidst this, the club are actively searching for a replacement. It has recently emerged that Milinkovic-Savic is back on their transfer radar.
The Mancunian giants were keen on landing his services in the summer of 2019, but were put off by the price tag which was around €100 million.
That no longer appears the case with Milinkovic-Savic about to enter the final two years of his Lazio contract. He has no plans to renew.
Corriere dello Sport now report that United are the main contenders for the Serbian, who will be available in the transfer market this summer.
The player’s entourage believe a fee between €65-70m could be sufficient to get a deal done. In the worse case, Lazio may hold out for €60m, not anything less.
Milinkovic-Savic has established himself as one of the best central midfielders in European football. He has excelled this term with nine goals and 10 assists from 40 outings.
Aside from his goal contributions, he has impressed defensively with a combined tally of three tackles/interceptions per game while winning three aerial duels on average.
With his all-round attributes, it is unsurprising that he is attracting interest ahead of the summer. Juventus, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with his services.
United won’t have an easy path towards landing him, but their long-term interest could boost their prospects. The Red Devils are also better equipped financially compared to Juventus and Inter.
Paris Saint-Germain could be United’s main rivals in the player’s pursuit, and it may ultimately come to which club is willing to negotiate a better lucrative salary package alongside other bonuses.
Milinkovic-Savic would be a solid upgrade on Pogba as he is better defensively and offensively. If he joins United, he may still need time to adapt with the added intensity of the Premier League.
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