Manchester United want to sign Serbian midfielder this summer – reports

Manchester United have reportedly reignited their interest in Lazio’s Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to want the 25-year-old to line up in midfield with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba next season – adding some power, pace and steel to his midfield ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season with United expected to challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for Premier League glory.

According to FootMercato, reported by The Sun, the Old Trafford club are preparing a summer move for the Lazio midfielder. If this is true, it could be good news for United. However, there always seems to be rumours linking the club with as many players as possible and supporters will need to weigh up whether there is anything solid in the reporting. In this case, I would say no but that is just my opinion. It is, however, stated that United will have competition from Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, which seems a little strange to be honest.

Real Madrid are, according to rumour, not making any plans to sign any big name players this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chelsea seem to have spent a lot of money already this summer and it would suggest that their name is being used, probably along with United and the Madrid club. Spurs might be in the market for another midfielder, however, a high fee might be a problem for them as they are not know to splash the cash, which is part of their problem.

Paris Saint-Germain are reported to have already made a £54 million move for the Serbian midfielder this summer, which was rejected by the Italian club. It is suggested that £90 million would be required to sign the player this summer but some seem to think that £63 million could be enough to get a deal done, which if true could be a good deal for the player, providing he does start to show promise once again, like he did a few seasons ago for the Italian club, which saw him linked to United and others at the time.

This season, in 41 appearances for Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic made a total of 41 appearances playing in the Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Europa League. The Serbian has scored eight goals, adding eight more assists, which is a good rate of goals and assists from the midfield. The player is a central midfielder and does not play any other positions but in terms of creativity, he has a good head on his shoulders. It remains to be seen whether United can play without a defensive minded midfielder on the pitch but on paper, this could work.

The Serbian is contracted at Lazio until the summer of 2024, meaning that the club will not be in a rush to sell the player and will be holding out for the best deal with the player seemingly holding out for the best club, which could make things complicated. Of course, this report could have been leaked in order to get the player an enhanced contract at the club. This has been seen many times in the past with players linked to multiple clubs and ending up remaining at their club signing a new bumper contract. Cynical I know but it happens a lot.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United on ‘red alert’ as Lazio admit £80 million midfielder’s future is in his own hands – reports

Lazio have admitted that the future of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is in the players own hands. The 25-year-old has had many teams in Europe tracking him over the years but it would also be safe today that the player is not in the same form that he was a few years ago – which could affect the number of clubs actually interested in the player.

In the past, despite a number of rumours linking the Serbian midfielder to club such as Manchester United, the Italian club have always responded with comments stating that the player was not for sale. However, it has been revealed by the sporting director of Lazio that if the player wants to leave the club, he can leave.

This season, before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football, Milinkovic-Savic made a total of 31 appearances for the club, playing in the Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Europa League – scoring five goals and a further seven assists. During the 2018/19 season, in 41 appearances he scored seven goals and three assists.

During the 2017/18 season, which was probably his beat at Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic made a total of 48 appearances, scoring 14 goals, assisting a further eight. This was the summer he was linked to United Wirth many thinking a move would actually happen and the following summer, with Paul Pogba linked elsewhere, the rumours started again.

Comments from the Lazio sporting director Igli Tare will most likely start the speculation once again that United, or even Chelsea, who has also been looking at the player, could finally sign the player they are rumoured to want to complete their team. Whilst speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Tare stated:

“The player’s desire is crucial. Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn’t be a problem.

“Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.

“When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way. However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”

The 25-year-old has a contract with Lazio that does not expire until the summer of 2024, meaning he has at least three years remaining at the club this summer. This would give the Italian club a lot of leverage and that whoever wanted to sign the Serbian would pay a premium to do so. It is suggested that £80 million could be enough this summer.

Milinkovic-Savic started out as a youth player at Sporting Clube de Portugal before moving to Grazer AK in Austria, then Fudbalski Klub Vojvodina in Serbia. It was here the player found first team football playing 16 times, scoring four goals and one assist. He was then sold to Belgian club Genk in the summer of 2014.

Whilst playing for Genk, Milinkovic-Savic made 24 appearances for the club, scoring five goals and a further assist. In the summer of 2015, the Serbian was sold to Lazio where he has made a total of 194 appearances, scoring 36 goals and a further 26 assists. If he wants to leave the club this summer, starting again in pastures new could be a good challenge.

During his career, Milinkovic-Savic has won the Serbian Cup with Vojvodina, and the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana with Lazio. Internationaly, the 25-year-old has been capped 15 times by Serbia and has yet to score a single goal. As a youth player for Serbia, he helped win the UEFA European U19 Championship in 2013 and the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2015.

Manchester United to go for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer but only if Paul Pogba leaves the club

Manchester United are said to be preparing a bid for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer. However, the bid will only be finalised if French midfielder Paul Pogba leaves the club, which seems likely after he stated that he would be seeking a new challenge along with the fact his agent, Mino Raiola is confident of moving him on.

United has been linked to the Serbian midfielder on a number of occasions during the past few years but they never made a positive move for him. Sky Sports has also reported the news that United would make a move for the 24-year-old, even suggesting the club could make a £72 million offer, despite the fact more would be demanded from Lazio.

Claudio Lotito, the president of the Italian club would be seeking something in the region of £90 million for Milinkovic-Savic, if he was sold this summer.The player has made a total of 202 professional appearances in his short career, scoring 40 goals, assisting 20 more, playing 14,873 minutes of football. He signed a new contract with Lazio in October 2018.

Milinkovic-Savic is contracted at the club until the summer of 2023, so has four years remaining on that contract. Whilst the club may not need to sell him, it is reported that he would like to leave the club he has spent the past four seasons playing for, although he will not force a move this summer and would consider staying another year at the club.

United were last linked to the 24-year-old under the management of Jose Mourinho and it was suggested that the Portuguese manager personally scouted the player whilst playing for Serbia in October 2018, just two months before he was sacked as United’s manager, which started the new era under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United are seeking at least one central midfielder this summer, probably to replace Ander Herrera who left as a free agent at the end of last season. The club has been linked with Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff, Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina and now Milinkovic-Savic.

It is a clear indication that Solskjaer will be seeking to rebuild his squad this summer, signing just two players in Daniel James, who arrived from Swansea City and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who arrived from Crystal Palace. The summer transfer window closes on Thursday 8 August 2019 at 5 pm, meaning that United has four weeks to rebuild the squad.

Milinkovic-Savic has established himself as a complete midfielder. Just like Zinedine Zidane and Yaya Toure, the 24-year-old can blend the traditional attacking movement and the finishing ability of an attack-minded midfielder, with the height and physicality of a target man or defensive midfielder. It sounds good, doesn’t it?

He would be a great player to have in the team. He fits the youth philosophy that Solskjaer is looking to inject into his team. He fits the profile in terms of his talent and if Pogba did leave, which seems likely, he would be a capable replacement who could fill the void, despite it not being a big one. Solskjaer and Ed Woodward should be all over this.

Manchester United to meet with Lazio sporting director Igli Tare over Sergej Milinkovic-Savic transfer – reports

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has reportedly flown to England to hold talks with Manchester United over the prospective transfer of Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Italian news outlet, Sport Media Set has reported that the club would be looking for a fee in the region of £72 million this summer.

United have been linked to the 24-year-old for the past few years but nothing seems to have developed in the chase for the midfielder. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made two additions to his squad this summer with Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka but the midfield still needs some strengthening.

In January, Marouane Fellaini left the Old Trafford club for China and Ander Herrera left the club as a free agent at the end of the season, recently signing a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain. There is also a lot of speculation surrounding Paul Pogba this summer, despite the fact he travelled to Australia for the clubs pre-season tour.

United have already been heavily linked with Bruno Fernandes this summer, a saga of a transfer which has displayed a lot of media attention, although no actual movement just yet. Sport Media Set reported that Tare has flown to England to hear a proposal from United, although it was also reported that many unnamed clubs were also interested in the player.

It is claimed that Lazio would be seeking around €100 million for Milinkovic-Savic this summer, which is about £89.7 million. However, it is suggested that the club would accept a fee in the region of €80 million, which is about £71.7 million. The 24-year-old has become one of the highest rated midfielders in Europe.

Milinkovic-Savic has four years remaining on his Lazio contract, which expires in the summer of 2023 but it is suggested in Italy that the player made it clear that he would like to leave this summer. The 24-year-old has spent the last four seasons at Lazio, playing 163 times and scoring 31 goals. Last season, in 41 appearances, he scored seven goals, assisting a further three.

His performances might have dropped over the last season but a new challenge, in a new country could be just what Milinkovic-Savic needs to resurrect his career. United will also be looking to find players who are ready for a challenge and possess the desire, ability and determination to help bring the club back from the doldrums. He could be that player.

Whether the move happens or not though will depend on a few factors; whether United manage to strike a deal with their proposal and whether the player fancies a move to the Old Trafford club. If United could sign the likes of Milinkovic-Savic and Fernandes this summer, they could both go a long way to helping develop the midfield for the future.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic linked to Manchester United almost a year after supporters wanted him at the club

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was the name many Manchester United supporters uttered in the summer of 2018 with many stating that United needed a player like him in their squad. However, it never happened and the player remained at Lazio.

Once again though, the Serbian midfielder has been linked to the Old Trafford club, this time because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of Paul Pogba, who has been linked with Real Madrid. Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, which is carried by The Sun in England suggest that United have made ‘small enquiries’ for the 24-year-old.

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Last summer, Milinkovic-Savic was a name you could see during every refresh on social media. Every United supporter was talking about him and many wanted him at the club. Last season, he scored 12 goals in Serie A for Lazio, this season he has so far scored only four times.

I am sure that the 24-year-old has not lost his talent but it does seem that either he or his team have regressed in the past year. I have not heard his name mentioned by a United supporter since last summer and have also never seen his name in the news, until today. Perhaps it is a slow news day!

Is the interest in the player solid? I am not so sure. The Sun normally publish anything that they see as an attention grabber. That is normally anything involving Manchester United and a football player. I believe that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is still a good player, but for £86 million, he would have to be doing much better than he currently is.

Manchester United and Real Madrid open talks for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – reports

Manchester United and Real Madrid have reportedly met the Lazio hierarchy this summer for Serbian international Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. It was last season that clubs considered to be part of the European elite started to notice the 23-year-old, his style of play and abilities on the pitch. Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, with reports carried by The Sun, has claimed that both clubs, said to be the richest in the world, stepped up their interest in Milinkovic-Savic by entering talks on Friday.

The report states that Lazio president Claudio Lotito and sporting director Igli Tare have both spoken to Milinkovic-Savic’s agent, former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman, about the future of the 23-year-old. United have been hotly linked with the Serbian since the end of the season, with reports going back to late in 2017. However, the fee for the player, which is likely to be upwards of £120 million, a stumbling point for both clubs, will probably be demanded by Lazio.

United have already signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer and with it being suggested, albeit within the media, that United manager Jose Mourinho will play a midfield trio of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, and Fred, it would leave you to assume that Milinkovic-Savic would in effect be a benchwarmer in an already packed midfield which includes Marouane Fellaini, Scott McTominay, Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and even Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Andreas Pereira.

Logic would dictate that bringing in another midfielder may only happen if one, or more, players already at the club could be leaving. Pogba has been linked with an exit in the media before the FIFA World Cup, with the Frenchman playing one of the biggest games for his country against Belgium in St Petersburg this evening, KO 19:00 BST, to earn a place in the final of the tournament this summer. However, United seem to be less keen to sell the Frenchman, just two years after his return from Juventus for a then world record fee.

Ander Herrera has been linked with a return to Athletic Bilbao this summer, where the players former club would make him the highest earner, based on the fact they are a club predominantly dealing with Basque players. If Herrera left, you would presume it would be a simple shoe-in for the likes of Pereira, McTominay or even Fosu-Mensah. If Fellaini had not signed a new contract, United would have needed to bring in a new central midfielder this summer, maybe not so much now.

Last season, Milinkovic-Savic made 48 appearances for Lazio, only six of those as a substitute, scoring 14 goals, 12 in Serie A, assisting six more. Lazio just missed out on a place in the UEFA Champions League after being beaten by Inter Milan on the final day of the season, pushing them into the UEFA Europa League for the upcoming season. During the FIFA World Cup this summer, Milinkovic-Savic played all 270 minutes for his country, exiting at the group stage, which is what Mourinho wanted so Matic could have a rest this summer.

The player has suggested that he would be more than happy to remain in Rome this season, which has given his club a great negotiating tool, in that if no clubs paid the demanded fee, Milinkovic-Savic will remain at the club for the new season. Unless things have changed during the 23-year-olds downtime after the World Cup, it does not look like he will be leaving this summer, unless the high fee is paid, which both United and Madrid could afford. It does make me think that this is just a story that could keep rumbling on this summer, with no outcome other than the player staying.

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.

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.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will decide his future after the FIFA World Cup this summer

Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has confirmed that he will sit down and decide his future after the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer. Serbia will play their first match in the tournament in a week’s time, taking on Costa Rica, also playing Switzerland and Brazil in the group stages. Jose Mourinho recently stated that he hoped Serbia did not make the knockout stages of the tournament as he hopes Nemanja Matic will get some rest this summer. It makes me wonder if it also means something else.

United have been linked to Milinkovic-Savic for what seems like months now. At 23, he has reached the stage where his career needs to grow and for that to be done, a new challenge could help that, at a new club, in a new league, in a different country. It seems increasingly likely that United will need to bring in a second central midfielder this summer with Marouane Fellaini’s contract expiring at the end of the month. United have seemingly replaced Michael Carrick with Fred prospectively joining the club, although United have not confirmed the player has completed his move.

During the past season with Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic emerged as a target for a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, which could form a transfer battle if the player decides that he wants to move on from the club, who were beaten on the final day of the season by Inter Milan and missed out on a UEFA Champions League place. Real Madrid and United are two of the bigger clubs linked to the 23-year-old Serbian this summer with both seemingly able to pay a huge transfer fee for the player if he does decide to leave Italy.

Speaking about his future recently, Milinkovic-Savic, who played alongside Matic in midfield for Serbia in their World Cup warm-up match against Bolivia, in which they won 5-1 on Saturday, spoke about his concentration for the upcoming tournament in Russia, the fact that he reads something in the world media about him every day, linking him with another club or with a club he has previously been linked to. But speaking about his future, Milinkovic-Savic said:

“I am trying to remain concentrated, even though every day I read something new about me. Obviously, I feel pressure on me and know that I’ll have to live with this situation throughout the World Cup. It’s the same pressure when I play for Lazio, so I am accustomed to it. I will decide where to continue my career after the World Cup. There’s a very good atmosphere among the squad and it feels like I’ve been here for years. I can’t wait to start the tournament.”

Arsenal emerged as a contender to sign the 23-year-old this summer, which could be more of nothing than something as new manager Unai Emery only has around £50 million to spend on transfers, according to reports, which would see his side left out of the running to sign the midfielder, who would probably cost more than double that figure, especially if Lazio get their own way. Arsenal can only offer the player UEFA Europa League football, whilst both United and Real Madrid will be playing in the UEFA Champions League, a competition Arsenal has failed to reach twice in a row.

Milinkovic-Savic also spoke of his connection with United midfielder Nemanja Matic, who the player has always idolised and will play alongside in the World Cup this summer. The 23-year-old has been likened to former Real Madrid player and manager Zinedine Zidane, with Milinkovic-Savic himself suggesting that he is more of a Yaya Toure type player. The Serbian, confirming this, said:

“That comparison can only flatter me. However, I see myself more as a Yaya Toure. As for idols, I can say I have always watched and looked up to Nemanja Matic as well.”

Many United supporters would like to see Milinkovic-Savic sign for the Old Trafford club this summer. He is a midfielder that will achieve a lot for both club and country during his career. He is a midfielder that many teams would love to have in their team but when it comes to United, I don’t think that both Milinkovic-Savic and Paul Pogba could coexist and the fact that both players would want to play each and every match during the season, neither favouring a role on the bench.

It has been reported that United would not be selling Pogba this summer, despite the rumours that have emerged about his future at the Old Trafford club and the fact he was offered, by agent Mino Raiola, to Manchester City, and others during the winter. Pogba has not had the best of seasons since his return to United, but the World Cup will be an opportunity for him to find some form ahead of the new season. Pogba started last season well but suffered an injury, of which he struggled to find form after his return to fitness.

If United are interested in Milinkovic-Savic this summer, it will be another big transfer fee paid out on a player who looks like he will have a great career ahead of him but one who on every mistake will be mocked by rival supporters and journalists. If he does well, it will be nothing to do with United, well that is what will be written and said, and because he was a talent brought into the club. Some will moan about the fact the Academy players emerging will have been ignored again, despite the fact Pep Guardiola has ignored youth largely in his time at City.

Hated, adored, never ignored.

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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