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Man Utd 'open talks' with Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic over transfer


Manchester United have opened talks over a summer transfer swoop for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports from Italy.

The Red Devils are widely expected to sell Paul Pogba this summer, and Serbian international Milinkovic-Savic could replace him at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old had impressed in helping Lazio to second place in Serie A, scoring five goals along the way, before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

And United have now begun talks with the midfielder’s representatives, according to Foot Mercato.

The Italian publication claims United see him as the ideal replacement for Pogba, but face competition from real Madrid, Paris-Saint Germain and Juventus.

United view Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as an ideal replacement for Paul Pogba, according to reports from Italy

Last month it was reported that PSG were preparing a bid for the £87million-rated midfielder.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported that PSG director Leonardo is a big fan of the midfielder and is ready to stump up the cash.

Milinkovic-Savic is contracted to Lazio until 2024, so any club wanting to sign him would have to meet Lazio’s asking price of 100m euros (£87m).

Chelsea have also previously been linked with the 15-cap Serbia ace.

Pogba is widely expected to leave Old Trafford this summer

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Lazio president Claudio Lotito had previously revealed that they would be open to the sale of their star player – if they receive an offer that meets their valuation.

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Lotito said: “Milinkovic has a good rapport with the club, just as the club has with him.

“If some offers were to be presented, we’d evaluate them with a spirit of collaboration that looks after the interests of the club and the player. We’ll make the decisions that are best for everyone.”

United have also been linked with Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Leicester City star James Maddison as they look to strengthen their midfield this summer.





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