Manchester United are locked in talks with Serie A side Lazio over a deal to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as they prepare for the possible exit of Paul Pogba this summer, according to Marca via the Metro.
The Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently completed the record signing of Harry Maguire in a £80m transfer from Leicester City, following Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in making a move to Old Trafford this summer.
United, however, are now focusing efforts up the pitch in the business end of the summer transfer window and the club have been strongly tipped to bring in at least one midfielder before Thursday’s deadline.
Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford after the midfielder publicly admitted he wants a new challenge earlier in the summer whilst missing the club’s final pre-season friendly match against AC Milan on Saturday.
Although, it has been reported that the Frenchman is injured but his absence only fuelled speculation linking him with a move and the Metro are citing Spanish outlet Marca as saying Real Madrid are primed to lure him away from United.
With Pogba tipped to leave Man Utd, Marca says the club are already lining-up a replacement in-case it becomes impossible to convince the World Cup winner staying at Old Trafford claiming they are locked in talks with Lazio over a deal for Milinkovic-Savic.
The 24-year-old Spanish-born player made 41 appearances for Lazio last season, scoring seven and assisting three. Paris Saint-Germain, however, remain the favourites for his signature, although Paul Pogba’s departure could see this become a deal set to happen again.
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Savic has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer with Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport reporting last week that the Red Devils had agreed personal terms with the defender ahead of a possible £83m [€90m] deal.
Having developed into one of the most talented and in-demand midfielders in Italian football, Milinkovic-Savic has the potential to improve even further under the tutelage of Solskjaer and his coaching staff over the coming years.