Manchester United boosted in chase for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – reports


Manchester United have reportedly been handed a boost in the chase for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer according to reports in Italy. It has been suggested that the Serbian international is a target for United manager Jose Mourinho and the reports have not dampened since it was revealed that Marouane Fellaini has signed a new two-year contract with the Old Trafford club. Recently, it was suggested that Juventus were seeking a deal with Lazio for the Serbian this summer.

The Manchester Evening News, with reports from Italian source Tuttosport, reported that United have now been given the green light to move for Milinkovic-Savic this summer after Juventus seemingly dropped out of the race for the 23-year-old who played for his country at the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer. The Serbian has been earmarked by United supporters as the player to give United a steely midfield and bring back the glory days.

It has been suggested that Lazio were not keen on a player-plus-cash deal for their midfield star, which is what Juventus were reportedly offering, although it is not said which player or players were part of the prospective deal. Lazio will still be demanding more than €100 million for the player this summer and Juventus were only interested in a deal with would have reached €80 million. The Rome club can demand what they want for the player but if the demand to pay that sort of fee is not there, they have no deal on the table.

If Milinkovic-Savic is interested in a move away from the Rome club this summer, prospective clubs could avoid getting involved because of the price in the midfielders head, something which only a few clubs in Europe could afford to pay, United being one of them. United are said to hold an interested in the Serbian, who played alongside Nemanja Matic during the World Cup in Russia this summer, however, the fee is the main stumbling point in the deal. United are not willing to pay that much for the player.

The Manchester Evening News also suggested that Chelsea has told United how much they will need to pay to sign Willian this summer. The player put in a great performance for his country in their 2-0 World Cup victory over Mexico on Monday which saw the country into the quarter-finals where they will face Belgium in Kazan on Friday evening. The fee for Willian will be £70.8 million with the information coming from Mundo Deportivo in Spain. Barcelona are also keen on the player, either club will have to pay massively for the player who will be 30 next month.

Mourinho has been interested in bringing Willian to United for over a year now with a move on the cards last summer but Chelsea did not want to sell both Matic and Willian to United last summer, which could well have been a devastating blow to Roman Abramovich’s club – Matic was too much of a loss for them which added to the fact Alvaro Morata could rarely hit a barn door and along with  Tiémoué Bakayoko’s failure to become the player Matic was for Chelsea, it could have been even more the season from hell for the London club.

It would seem that if United are looking to get positions filled this summer, which is the minimum that they need to do, it is going to be another costly summer for the club.

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