Manchester United Preparing £71m Bid For Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic reacts after a missed chance to score.

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Manchester United’s transfer approaches have been quite intriguing so far this window. While the club has continued to be linked with a plethora of names over the months, this time around several factors are affecting the sagas.

The standout difference is their lack of Champions League football, which is ruling out affordable deals for world-class talent, if any at all. As of such, the focus has shifted to homegrown talent.

However, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku rumored to be exit-bound, the Red Devils seem to be gearing up towards making equivalent replacements for their roles.

Now, a possible big-name arrival could be in the works.

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According to Sky Italia, Manchester United are preparing a £71 million bid for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Akin to previous reports, it continues to be stated that the higher-ups at Lazio wish to sell the midfielder for around £90 million.

The 24-year-old Serb is certainly a promising name but the season that he just completed does leave a few doubts. In fact, the Serie A side is believed to be keen on selling him precisely to make a profit before his stock drops.

At the same time, the fact that he signed a new deal in October does grant them immense bargaining power.

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The report also adds that the player himself is happy to leave but will not be forcing a move and wouldn’t mind spending another year in Italy.

It does appear that this saga will rely on how Paul Pogba’s future shapes out to be. It is evident that Sergej is the identified replacement for the Frenchman but pricetags have proven to be a repeated stumbling block for United so far this window.

In fact, their midfield pursuits could soon take a similar shape as their centre-back pursuits with Sean Longstaff’s price reported to be too high and the Bruno Fernandes saga hanging in a sort of deadlock.