Manchester United have been dealt bad news in their pursuit of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with fierce rivals Manchester City entering the race for his signature, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Milinkovic-Savic joined Lazio from KRC Genk in 2015 and has made over 100 appearances for the Italian outfit. The 22-year-old, who was born in Spain but represents Serbia at international level, is one of the most coveted players in Europe currently.
He’s been a regular for Lazio this season, scoring and creating nine goals in 23 Serie A games, as his club battle for a top-four spot. Milinkovic-Savic’s fine form is exactly why United and City are desperate to sign him, although it may take in excess of £58.2m to attain his services.
In the Lazio side, only Ciro Immobile (22) has scored more goals (7), only Lucas Leiva (67) and Marco Parolo (57) have made more tackles (46), only Luis Alberto (63) has created more chances (36) and only Alberto (52) and Senad Lulic (47) have made more successful dribbles (43).
As a result, both United and City could be met with some resistance from Lazio in their bid to sign the 22-year-old midfielder. Jose Mourinho’s side could be short in the engine this summer with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini having an uncertain future, but extra competition for Milinkovic-Savic isn’t ideal