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Man Utd signal statement of intent over Milinkovic-Savic interest

It is no secret that Manchester United are tracking a defensive midfielder, however, with Paul Pogba’s future unresolved, the club have started to put plans in place for identifying his replacement.

This has led to them to reactivate their interest in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with the Red Devils having reportedly stepped up their pursuit of the Serbian midfielder.

And, despite interest from Serie A side Juventus, it is the Premier League club who are leading the race, which suggests that Pogba could be on his way out of Old Trafford.

Man Utd signal statement of intent over Milinkovic-Savic interest

 

Arrival likely in January?

With this being considered a ‘blockbuster’ deal that could take some time to agree, the chances of a January transfer for the 26-year-old are slim, however, foundations are believed to be being laid for the summer.

United’s main priority in January appears to be for a specialist, defensive midfielder with Milinkovic-Savic regarded as more of a box-to-box player, which would make him the ideal replacement for Pogba whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Widely regarded as one of the best of his kind in Europe, the Lazio star has attracted interest from a number of big clubs in the past and is renowned for his all-action style in addition to his penchant for the spectacular.

In 273 appearances for the Rome club, he has scored 54 times and contributed 46 assists, becoming a key member of the Lazio side and somewhat of a cult hero among fans. United are understood to have been quoted a fee in the region of £60 million for his signature – making a January move even more unlikely.

Despite this, they are reportedly in talks to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves in January to solve their defensive midfield problems, which would lay the foundations for further business in the summer.

 

Transformation next season?

Following the arrivals of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho plus the sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, United were heavily tipped to launch an assault on the Premier League this season, however, they have encountered problems with their form.

It appears to be a lack of quality in the centre of the pitch that has hampered their chances, which could mean next season may well be their opportunity to become genuine contenders, with Milinkovic-Savic identified as one of the main targets to help make this happen.