Manchester United have reportedly been offered a boost in the pursuit of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic with Juventus understood to have pulled out of the race for the Serbia international.
The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from Lazio since the close of the previous campaign but so far, no clubs have shown an interest in matching the club’s asking price.
According to Tuttosport, via M.E.N, the Bianconeri have failed to convince Lazio into a sale after failing with a player-plus-cash deal for the Serbian. The report adds that the Old Lady are only prepared to offer £77m for a straight cash agreement but the sum remains short of his £88m price tag.
As such, United have been deemed to pursue the highly-rated midfielder, although it remains to be seen whether Jose Mourinho would be willing to spend a near club-record fee for his services.
Earlier last month, United sanctioned a £50m deal for Fred’s switch to Old Trafford and the club have thereafter decided to extend Marouane Fellaini’s contract, which may end their urge to recruit another midfielder.
On paper, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are the most likelier combination to start in midfield next term and it may be hard to convince Milinkovic-Savic into a move without the assurance of regular gametime.