Manchester United One Of A Number Of Clubs Interested
Manchester United will have to pay £70million to land Lazio midfielder Sergey Milinkovic-Savic. But the Serie A side are currently facing the prospect of a huge re-sale bill should they sell the 22-year-old.
United were linked earlier this week with the Serbia international after it was revealed that scouts from Old Trafford were at Lazio’s match with Genoa last weekend. The midfielder’s agent is Matja Kezman who has suggested that he could leave Lazio next summer.
Reports from Italy claim Lazio will demand at least €80million (£70.8million) for a player who was the subject of a bid of €40million from Juventus this summer.
Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are among the other clubs interested.
Milinkovic-Savic was part of Serbia’s victorious squad at the Under-20 World Cup two years ago. His brother Vanja is a goalkeeper who used to be a member of Manchester United’s academy set-up before leaving for Polish side Lechia Gdansk in 2015. He joined another Serie A side, Torino, earlier this summer.
But Lazio are in talks with Milinkovic-Savic’s former club Genk over an issue in the transfer agreement that took him to Lazio for €10million in 2015. Genk are entitled to 50 percent of any future proceeds for the Serb and Lazio president Claudio Lotito wants to limit that payment to no more than €10million. He will meet representatives of the Belgian side in October.
Milinkovic-Savic was born in Spain where his father was playing for Spanish lower-league side Ourense at the time of his birth. His mother was a professionla basketball player. As such, it is thought he won’t need a UK work permit as he holds a Spanish passport. That’s despite spending much of his early life in Serbia and choosing to play for the Serbian national team.