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Serbian midfielder not on the cusp of an £80 million deal to Manchester United, says agent

Manchester United have agreed on an £80 million deal to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, said an ‘exclusive’ by The Sun. Everyone knows how unreliable this newspaper can be when reporting such things as transfer speculation. Mike McGrath of The Sun, stated that United manager Jose Mourinho was able to use his relationship with Mateja Kezman to land his first summer signing. The news would have been great for United fans, many of whom want the Serbian at the club in the summer. There is no reason to get giddy though.

Kezman, a former Chelsea forward, is the agent of Milinkovic-Savic. He spoke to Lazionews.eu, which was reported by The Mirror, confirming that the 23-year-old was not on his way to Manchester this summer. It may be a  bitter blow for some but at this moment of time, the season is still pretty much on for every club in Europe. The lower leagues in England played their final matches this weekend, other than the playoffs but in Italy, there are still three matches left. Kezman said:

“Lazio have three big games to go and nobody has talked about any negotiations at this moment. The Biancocelesti have the opportunity to get their best result of recent years by qualifying for the Champions League. It’s only normal there is enormous interest in Sergej between some top European clubs, but we do not have any agreement with any club.”

Many may feel dejected by this news but that is what you should be feeling as you in effect believed a rumour written by one of, if not the worst newspapers in the world for speculation. The report carried no source, just supposition. Whilst United and Mourinho may still be interested in Milinkovic-Savic, reports that come out this early tend to be articles to drive traffic to websites such as The Sun. There may be some truth in it and if it happens, McGrath and The Sun will probably say something along the lines as ‘you heard it here first’.

It is guesswork at best and sometimes that pays off. Milinkovic-Savic is going to be a hot property this summer with many of Europe’s elite interested in him. Mourinho needs to replace Michael Carrick and may also need to find a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, who was offered a new contract, Mourinho has stated he wants him to stay but in reports last week he suggested that United left it too late to keep him, suggesting that he will be off to pastures new in the summer. If that happens, Mourinho will need two new midfielders.

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