Erik ten Hag wasn’t asked about departing Paul Pogba in his introductory press conference on Monday, but finding the Frenchman’s replacement is going to be high on the new Manchester United manager’s agenda.
Pogba is linked with a return to Serie A, with Juventus interested in signing him on a free transfer for the second time. And it appears United are looking in Italy to fill the void in their midfield.
According to La Reppublica (via Sport Witness), the Red Devils have made a €55m bid for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. But United’s initial offer is far from Lazio’s president Claudio Lotito’s request. The Italian outfit have set the price for their prized asset at €80m.
However, it is claimed that Milinkovic-Savic’s agent Mateja Kezman believes a deal could be found for between €65m and €70m. More meetings regarding the midfielder’s transfer is expected in the next few days.
The 27-year-old scored 11 and assisted as many during the recently concluded Serie A campaign. The Serbian midfielder, whose playing style is as dynamic as Pogba, has been one of the best box to box midfielders in the Italian top-flight in recent seasons.
United are also in the market for a new holding midfielder, as Milinkovic-Savic’s international teammate Nemanja Matic is leaving the club after spending five seasons at Old Trafford.