Manchester United’s hopes of landing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have been handed a massive boost, as Lazio changed their stance on the midfielder’s indispensability
According to the Express Sport, Lazio will not try to prevent Milinkovic-Savic from leaving the club if he decides so, as recently confirmed by the Biancocelesti sporting director Igli Tare.
“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.”
Man Utd and Chelsea on red alert over Milinkovic-Savic as Lazio admit £80m-rated midfielder’s future is in his own hands https://t.co/GOav5eMBnm— The Sun – Man Utd (@SunManUtd) May 8, 2020
Manchester United hold a long-standing interest in Milinkovic-Savic, as well as, their fierce Premier League rivals, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s desire to sign a top-class midfielder and a prospect of losing Paul Pogba pushes the Red Devils into the driving seat.
Indeed, the Old Trafford outfit desperately need a quality midfielder to team up with Bruno Fernandes and form up a formidable midfield partnership that would be a spine of United’s team for years to come.
Throughout his time at Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic has been a source of transfer speculation, with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan also linked with a move for the towering Serb.
However, Lazio have never considered selling their prized asset, who joined the club from Genk for a reported fee of £16m back in 2015 and moved on to make almost 200 appearances.
Probably due to the ongoing financial concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Rome giants have reconsidered their options and decided to remove the 27-year-old from the list of invaluable players.
Still, Milinkovic-Savic won’t go cheap, with Lazio expecting around £80m to sanction the transfer, which could throw some spanner in the works.