Manchester United are ready to renew their interest in long-term transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.
The Serbia international was first linked with a move to Old Trafford in 2017, and United (opens in new tab) have kept him on their radar ever since. Milinkovic-Savic has enjoyed another fine season for Lazio (opens in new tab), scoring 11 goals and providing 11 assists in Serie A.
The attacking midfielder is under contract at the Stadio Olimpico until the summer of 2024. And Lazio could be open to offers for the 27-year-old in the coming weeks and months if they want to maximise any potential transfer fee.
United will face stiff competition for his signature, though, with several clubs around Europe keeping close tabs on the situation. According to Calciomercato (opens in new tab), PSG (opens in new tab), Real Madrid (opens in new tab) and Juventus (opens in new tab) are also interested in Milinkovic-Savic.
Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri has hinted that the attacking midfielder is likely to go abroad if he does bid farewell to the Italian capital. That would suggest United, PSG and Madrid have a better chance of landing the former Genk man than Juventus.
However, the Bianconeri have a good record of signing the best of the rest in Serie A, with January addition Dusan Vlahovic just the latest example.
United will be looking for reinforcements in several areas of the squad as Erik ten Hag prepares to take charge.
The Dutchman arrived in Manchester on Monday to begin laying the groundwork for next season. Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic will all leave the club when their contracts expire on June 30.
Milinkovic-Savic is among the players United are monitoring, although it remains to be seen whether the club would be willing to meet Lazio's £67.8m asking price. United's absence from the Champions League next season could be another sticking point, with Milinkovic-Savic no doubt keen to test himself in Europe's premier competition.
United will conclude what has been a disappointing campaign against Crystal Palace (opens in new tab) on Sunday.
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Manchester United have been linked with a vast array of talents ever since Erik ten Hag was confirmed as manager – while Paul Pogba has been linked with rivals Manchester City.
Rumours persist that Benfica forward Darwin Nunez may well be bought, too, while Frenkie de Jong is an apparent target for Ten Hag following their time together at Ajax. Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen is another player being talked about in relation to a move.
It's not all incomings at Old Trafford, either: one report lists the rumoured departure list out of Manchester. Paul Scholes, meanwhile, has been sharing how much of a disaster the current dressing room is from his chats with Jesse Lingard.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).
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