Manchester United are considering making a €50 million offer to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
According to the print edition of Il Messaggero (h/t Lazio News 24), Manchester United are considering making an opening offer to Lazio for midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Red Devils are thinking of offering €50 million for the Serbian star, which could be lower than the Italian side’s valuations.
Manchester United’s window has not gone according to their original plans as the Premier League giants find it difficult to acquire their favorite targets easily. So far Manchester United have signed Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen, while they recently announced the capture of Lisandro Martinez after a complicated chase alongside Arsenal.
Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag now wants a midfielder as a top priority to bring in much-needed quality in the area. They have fruitlessly chased Frenkie de Jong for most of this window, who would rather join another club than theirs. The Red Devils are therefore considering turning their attention to alternatives, with the name of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic being mentioned.
The Serb has previously been a target for Chelsea and Arsenal, although both London teams turned their focus elsewhere after hearing Lazio’s €70 million asking price. The Serie A giants consider the Serb their most prized asset and may not want to trade for a lesser fee.
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However, Manchester United are reportedly considering an opening offer of around €50 million. The proposal could fall well below Lazio’s asking price and the likelihood of rejection is high.
With Manchester United in need of a star midfielder in their squad, Milinkovic-Savic would be a brilliant addition to Ten Hag’s roster. The 27-year-old Serbian international has previously rejected a move to other Premier League clubs, though the Red Devils’ appeal could play out differently.
Milinkovic-Savic has two years to go and may look for a new challenge if something substantial comes up on the table. However, the price could become problematic again in Manchester United’s hunt for the midfielder. Lazio see the midfielder as an important part of their project under Maurizio Sarri and may not let him go cheaply.