Scouts Keep Tabs On Lazio Midfielder
Manchester United sent scouts to watch Lazio midfielder Sergei Milinkovic-Savic at the weekend.
The Serbia international has been watched before by United. Representatives from Old Trafford were in the stands for Lazio’s victory at Bologna in October.
Now, Calciomercato reports that Milinkovic-Savic was watched as Lazio came from behind to defeat Sampdoria 2-1 at the weekend. He scored one and provided an assist for the other.
Lazio’s Serie A rivals Juventus were reported to have come in with a bid of €35million (just over £30million) last summer and are rumoured to be preparing a €70million bid next summer. But Lazio president Claudio Lotito denies ever having received a bid from Juventus.
“Juve does not have the money to take him and they have never asked me about him,” he told the Roma newspaper Il Messaggero at the weekend.
Lotito may have a more pressing problem in the shape of Milinkovic-Savic’s former club Genk. The Serb was bought by Lazio from the Belgian side in 2015. However, a clause in the transfer agreement entitles Genk to 50 percent of any future proceeds. Given that Lazio now value the 22-year-old at €100million (£88million) it means they could part with €50million of that. Lazio are expected to open negotiations in January and will offer the Belgians a lump sum to drop the clause.
Manchester United will face competition for his signature. Liverpool were linked last week while Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are also being linked.