Manchester United to battle with Paris Saint-Germain for talented midfielder this summer

Manchester United will go head to head with Paris Saint-Germain for the services of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Juventus were priced out of a possible deal for the Serbian international. Despite the player suggesting that he would not move this winter, speculation has become rife in the world of football again with clubs seemingly getting ready for a big summer to strengthen and secure their respective teams. A bid of around £150 million would be needed to tempt Lazio into selling Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.

Juventus were tipped as the forerunners in any possible deal for Milinkovic-Savic as they seem to be able to strengthen their side from direct rivals with minimal disruption. The emergence of both United and PSG and their quest to strengthen their respective squads, not to mention the financial strength of both clubs has seen Lazio slap a huge price on the Serbian international which has seen Juventus seemingly miss out on a player they were interested in.

Milinkovic-Savic sparked rumours that he was heading to Juventus this winter after posting an image of himself on Turin on his social media channels. Despite the media flurry of interest, the 22-year-old was visiting his brother, former United Academy goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic who currently plays for Torino. United have been linked to Milinkovic-Savic for some time now as he would fit into the midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, instantly strengthening the spine of the team and allowing Pogba to play an advanced role, which works for him.

Parisien side PSG have shown their financial muscle in spending £198 million on Neymar in the summer, also coaxing Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco on a loan deal, of which they will have to pay around £133 million this summer, which could see the club limited in the summer with United especially, seeking to sign Milinkovic-Savic for a lesser fee. With Pogba’s £89 million transfer fee and the fastly rising transfer fees, £150 million for Milinkovic-Savic is high but he is a good player with a great future ahead of him.

I am sure United would spend that sort of money on a player that would allow them to cash in on sponsorship and advertising like they did with Pogba, but a player such as Milinkovic-Savic may not command that sort of interest, which could lead to the Glazers stopping any prospective deal from happening. Manchester United is a business, not a football club. The Glazers will only invest in something that they can get cold hard cash out of. Building a team is not the main focus of the club’s owners. Lining their pockets is.

When the team has paid the price for a lack of investment in the future and they stop achieving, there will be no business for the Glazers, just the ruins of a once-great football club. Then the lessons will be learned – you have to keep your team invested in, keep strengthening and keep the club above their rivals, whether that be local or national. The Glazers must be able to see what can happen. They own one of, if not the richest football club in the country but their continued withdrawals of funds could be causing more problems than they are fixing.

Obviously, the summer is a long way away yet and it is clear that Milinkovic-Savic will not be leaving Lazio this month unless he has duped the media. Whether his destination will be Manchester or beyond in the summer is another thing, as will be the final selling price for the Serbian international. Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will find the players to strengthen the squad and bring them back to the glory days, progress has been made already but there is still a way to get yet. This is the best season post-Sir Alex Ferguson, next season needs to be much better.

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