€100m Price Tag Puts Off Red Devils
Manchester United are cooling their interest in the Lazio midfielder Sergey Milinkovic-Savic after the Serie A club put a huge price tag on the Serb.
United scouts have watched the 23-year-old in action on numerous occasions this season. He was signed by Lazio from Belgian side Genk for a fee of around £9million plus 50 percent of any future proceeds.
Milinkovic-Savic was offered to United earlier this year for £70million. That was after Lazio negotiated a deal with Genk whereby they paid a lump sum to remove the sell-on clause.
But the price has risen steadily in recent months with Lazio now said to be demanding €100million (£87.5million). That realistically rules out all but three or four clubs. Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have all shown an interest, but €100million is a testing price tag for all three of those clubs. Manchester City could conceivably join the race but have yet to show any serious interest.
United need to boost their midfield following the retirement of Michael Carrick and the impending departure of Marouane Fellaini. Talks are still taking place with the Belgium international although United face competition for his signature from AC Milan. The Serie A side are willing to offer Fellaini a multi-year contract whereas United’s offer is only for a one-year deal. The Italian club may have difficulty in matching his wages of £80,000 a week.
United have dealt with Milinkovic-Savic’s family in the past. The player’s brother Vanja was with the Premier League side’s academy before moving on to Polish side Lechia Gdansk. He is now with Torino.
Manchester United will battle Arsenal for the Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini.
The 21-year-old has only been at Roma for one season but his performances have been enough to attract the attentions of some of Europe’s top clubs.
Pellegrini is believed to have a release clause of €30million (£26million).