Sergej Milinkovic-Savic needs time and rest to consider his future but a move to Manchester United now seems unlikely

Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic wants some time to consider his future after Serbia were knocked out of the FIFA World Cup on Wednesday evening after a 2-0 defeat to Brazil which pushed them down to third in the group this summer. It was something Jose Mourinho wanted to see so midfielder Nemanja Matic would get some rest ahead of pre-season with United playing five matches in the United States of America and another in Germany ahead of the new Premier League season.

It has been widely reported that Mourinho has had his eye on Milinkovic-Savic in recent months but the reports of Marouane Fellaini remaining at United this summer, despite his contract which was due to expire on Saturday, has led to suggestions that United business in the midfield department could well be over. The £80 million price tag for the Serbian was already putting United off doing business, reported the Manchester Evening News, but Mourinho remained an admirer of the 23-year-old.

Fellaini is expected to sign a new two-year contract at the club with Fred already making a move to the Theatre of Dreams, and yet to play in the World Cup this summer, with a defender already in the bag in Diogo Dalot, who signed for United at the start of the month. Speaking to TV Mediaset and reported by the Manchester Evening News, the 23-year-old Serbian, speaking about his future and taking the time to consider all options, including staying at Lazio, said:

“I need a little bit of rest now. I’ll return to Rome and I would be happy if I stay at Lazio, as I’m content there and I have a contract. I read something different in the papers every day, but I haven’t thought about it yet. First I’ll rest for a bit, then we’ll see.”

The future of Ander Herrera could unlock something with Milinkovic-Savic this summer. Whilst Mourinho no longer needs to replace Fellaini, the Spanish midfielder is a target for his former club Athletic Bilbao and reports of a €30 million offer were rife earlier in the month, along with the suggestion that Herrera would become their highest paid player. With the fact that Herrera, despite being passionate about the club, is not the midfielder United need, if a move happens, United could well seek a new midfielder this summer.

It was reported last week that United were seeking a young box-to-box midfielder and that could well be talking about the interest in Milinkovic-Savic, or indeed a number of other midfielders plying their trade in the world of football right now. The Serbian scored 12 goals for his club last season, emerging as one of the talents that many clubs have their eyes on. This summer could be the time when Lazio cash in on the player, although he is not running out of time to make a move in the future.

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