Manchester United scouts are reported to have been keeping an eye on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic during Lazio’s surprise 4-1 Europa League defeat to Red Bull Salzburg.
The Serbia international is obviously one of United’s prime targets to bolster the midfield department, and Jose Mourinho personally watched the Serbian in action versus Austria earlier in the season.
According to The Mail, representatives from United had watched the 23-year-old in action on Thursday, where he was substituted prior to Lazio’s second-half collapse against Salzburg.
A number of high-profile midfielders including Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred and Nice’s Jean Michel Seri have been associated with summer moves to United, and Milinkovic-Savic is another who has been constantly mentioned in the rumour mill.
Barring Paul Pogba, who has been inconsistent, United have lacked the presence of a midfielder, who can drive forward and contribute in terms of goals and assists and Milinkovic-Savic could be the ideal fit for this role.
With the Serbian, United would undoubtedly have to opt for a three-man midfield on a regular basis, and the £80m-rated ace could seamlessly fit it alongside Nemanja Matic and Pogba.
Milinkovic-Savic, who is more pronounced for his defensive contribution and aerial prowess, has not been shy in the pushing forward this term with 11 goals and a further five assists across all competitions.