Lazio confirm that no offers have been received for Milinkovic-Savic but Manchester United seem to be keeping a close eye


Manchester United are reportedly keeping an eye on Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer despite the rumours suggesting that the Italian club will be looking to receive €150 million for the 23-year-old this summer. United manager Jose Mourinho will need to replace both Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini this summer and reports suggest that Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred will sign for the club. That leaves Mourinho with another player to find. The Serbian has great talent but also a great cost for it.

There has been much speculation for months surrounding the future of Milinkovic-Savic. He was pictured in Turin at the tail end of last year, which created links with Juventus. He was actually visiting his brother, former United Academy goalkeeper, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, who plays for Torino in the city. United supporters have earmarked the Serbian to make the move to United, seemingly not caring how much is spent on the midfielder as most have him in their FIFA 18 or Football Manager teams, so they know he’s a great fit!

However, Lazio’s sporting director, Igli Tare has confirmed that the club is yet to receive any offer for the Serbian this summer and that they will ‘decide what to do; if any of the clubs which have been linked to the player actually make a move for him. Lazio failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season, losing to Inter Milan on the final day of Serie A football, which many believe will be the main reason why Milinkovic-Savic leaves the Rome club. Speaking to Sky Sports Italia and reported by the Manchester Evening News, Tare said:

“The failed Champions League qualification doesn’t change things. We know what we must do and must improve on. We must put [manager Simone] Inzaghi in the condition to do well next season, so Sergej’s predicament wasn’t started yesterday but two years ago.

“We’re talking about a player who deserves this stage. We don’t want to talk about figures, the market isn’t based on ‘if’ and ‘maybe’. ‘At this moment, we have yet to receive an offer and when it arrives we’ll decide what to do.”

During the past season, Milinkovic-Savic made 48 appearances for Lazio, playing 2,850 minutes in the Serie A alone. He was responsible for 20 goals for his club in all competition, scoring 14 himself and assisting a further six. Keeping a close eye on the Serbian during the FIFA World Cup will be a mist for any of his suitors, especially United, who at this time will be seeking a new midfielder to replace Fellaini in the squad. The 23-year-old is likely to play alongside United midfielder Nemanja Matic, which is sure to continue the current speculation.

Milinkovic-Savic is represented by former Chelsea player Mateja Kezman, a player who helped Chelsea lift the Premier League title in 2005, under Mourinho. Some will suggest that Mourinho has a head start when you factor in the relationship he has with his former player, but really that holds nothing as to where Milinkovic-Savic will play his football next season. Fabinho recently signed for Liverpool, a player than many United supporters wanted Mourinho to sign and his agent is also Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes – it means nothing at the end of the day.

United will bring in a player that both Mourinho and Ed Woodward feel will fit in at United. Over the past five years, ever since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, United have brought in Angel Di Maria, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – all of whom did not fit in at the club, some of them under two different managers. United need to ensure they bring in the right players this summer, ones that will fit in and achieve what seems impossible right now.

If patience is not adopted by the supporters that seem to be somewhat vocal on social media, moaning about who United have not signed, also moaning that with the transfer window now being open  nearly two weeks now and still no new additions, it might be better to find the patience you need and wait for things to happen, rather than moaning on every tweet United has posted on Twitter about when you want them to announce a new signing. What you want and demand is only going to leave you more upset.

Grow up, let the club do what they need to do. They have plenty of time.

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