If reports in the media are anything to go by then Manchester United seem very close to hiring the services of Serbian international Milinkovic-Savic.
La Gazzetta dello Sport have shed more light on the transfer saga and made interesting claims.
The Italian outlet have mentioned that United first moved in with an offer of 75 million euros but it was deemed not enough. Now, the Old Trafford club have launched another move, this time bonuses are also included and the entire offer could be worth 80 million euros.
GdS claim that the proposal put forward by the PL giants is a decent one and it would allow Lazio to strengthen the squad after the departure of Milinkovic-Savic. It is further mentioned that the midfielder will agree a five year deal (worth £27m-£31m) to move to Manchester United that will make him earn 6-7 million euros annually.
The 24-year-old star had an impressive 2017-18 campaign in which he directly contributed in 21 goals (14 goals and 7 assists) in all competitions. Even former Man United boss, Jose Mourinho, was interested in him (Sky Sports News).
Last season, the Serbian’s formed dipped like the entire Lazio team and he directly contributed in 10 goals in all competitions. The Italian club finished 8th in the table.
As far as United’s central midfield is concerned, last year, they splashed the cash to sign Brazilian international, Fred, from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. The Samba midfielder failed to impress in the last campaign.
Ander Herrera left the club and the Spanish international has moved to French champions Paris Saint-Germain not so long ago. 22-year-old McTominay was mainly a bench warmer last season and only started 9 league games.
Paul Pogba was at times inconsistent but without doubt, he was the club’s best midfielder last season. The Les Bleus star was United’s leading goalscorer (16 goals) and also the top assist provider (11 assists).
To sum it all up, United need to reinforce their center of the park and signing a versatile player like Milinkovic-Savic is required. Pogba is linked with a move away from Old Trafford (La Gazzetta dello Sport) but keeping in view the lack of quality in the central midfield, Solskjaer should hold on to the club’s record signing.