Manchester United have been dealt some bad news, with The Sun reporting that Arsenal have offered a contract to Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Italian journalist Giulio Cardone confirmed the Gunners’ interest in the 23-year-old and now United’s pursuit has hit a stumbling block.
Arsenal aren’t the only side in bid for Milinkovic-Savic either, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are keen on his signature. Cardone revealed: “Currently the teams that are really on the player are Manchester United and PSG. Then there are two others who have shown interest: Arsenal and Real Madrid who have offered more to the player, but do not approach the figures offered by the others to Lazio.”
United are shopping for a stellar central midfielder this summer as they’ve lost Michael Carrick to retirement. The former England international is hanging up his boots to become a first-team coach and will need to be replaced for next season. Marouane Fellaini could be leaving in the coming weeks too as he’s failed to agree to a contract extension.
Manager Jose Mourinho has responded quickly by signing Fred from Shaktar Donetsk, but the Red Devils are looking for another player in the engine room and were close to signing Milinkovic-Savic earlier this summer. But with so much competition for his signature, United might struggle to bring the 23-year-old to Old Trafford, as Real Madrid and PSG could be a more attractive destination.
Arsenal are also in need of a midfielder, with Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey’s future uncertain, but it’s unknown how much they’d be willing to pay for the Serbian international.