Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been on the radar of Manchester United for some time; the Reds tried to sign him last summer and he has been heavily linked with a move this summer as well.
However, in the latest Milinkovic-Savic to Manchester United saga, the Lazio’s manager has now confirmed that the 24-year-old might leave.
Various reports emerged in Italy on Saturday, claiming that the midfielder is on his way to Old Trafford. The reports claimed that transfer talks between both clubs were successful, with only add-ons left to be agreed.
If these reports are true, then United will have to pay up to £90million for the Serbian as the manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, looks to bolster his ranks at the Theatre of Dreams.
Lazio’s manager, Simone Inzaghi apparently wants Milinkovic-Savic to stay but he admits that the club is considering the offer for the player and may be prepared to sell.
“My thoughts are that I’d like Milinkovic-Savic to stay, but I also believe the club has to consider offers when they come in and then make a decision,” said the Italian.
“We know that if he was to leave, we’d have some important shoes to fill. I hope he remains, he had a great pre-season training camp, but the market is open and we are ready for any situation.”
“Milinkovic [Savic] will play today’s friendly against Mantova. If he were to leave, we’d need a physical figure to come in to the midfield. Purchases are targeted, chosen together with the club, we sat down and talked calmly.”
“Milinkovic is 24 years old now, he’s no longer a kid. I can give him advice, he is at our disposal and hasn’t missed a training session, but then I don’t know what will happen. I hope he stays.”
“If an important offer arrives, it is only right that the club take it into consideration.”
Manchester United are in desperate need of a midfielder after the departures of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini over the past six months.
Portuguese outfit Sporting CP’s highly-rated playmaker, Bruno Fernandes, is also believed to be on Ole’s radar, while any potential deal for Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff has been extinguished, with the Magpies insisting that the youngster is not for sale.