Manchester United ‘lead race’ to sign £65m Lazio midfielder but could face competition from Real Madrid

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The Red Devils are said to be in pole position to sign the Serbian international, but the player has been linked with Juventus and Inter Milan.

Manchester United have been linked with a £65million move for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but are not the only club who have the Serbian on their radar, according to reports.

It is understood that the 26-year-old’s preferred destination is Real Madrid, while Juventus and Inter have also shown interest in poaching the player from their Serie A rivals.

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United have been consistently linked with the midfielder for several seasons now and this summer may be their best opportunity to finally strike a deal with Lazio reportedly needing to sell in order to raise transfer funds.

Here is everything that has been reported so far:

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of SS Lazio vies with Joel Obi of US Salernitana during the Serie A match between US Salernitana and SS Lazio at Stadio ArechiSergej Milinkovic-Savic of SS Lazio vies with Joel Obi of US Salernitana during the Serie A match between US Salernitana and SS Lazio at Stadio Arechi
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of SS Lazio vies with Joel Obi of US Salernitana during the Serie A match between US Salernitana and SS Lazio at Stadio Arechi | Getty Images

Manchester United to move for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer

United could agree a deal for Milinkovic-Savic this summer with reports from Il Messaggero in Italy suggesting that Lazio will need to sell the player in order to raise funds.

However, that doesn’t mean that the club from the Italian capital will let the Serbian international leave on the cheap with several figures in the region of £65 million to £70 million being touted, as per The Sun.

Also standing in the way of a deal are multiple other clubs who could be pursuing Milinkovic-Savic, most notably Real Madrid, who are believed to be the player’s preferred option.

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Milinkovic-Savic in fine form for club and country

Milinkovic-Savic has been a key part of the Lazio side for six seasons now, having first signed at the Stadio Olimpico back in July 2015.

After beginning his career with FK Vojvodina in his native Serbia, the midfielder joined Racing Club Genk in the Belgian Pro League for a season before his move to Serie A.

The 26-year old has since made 270 first-team appearances for Lazio and scored 54 goals in all competitions and was part of the side that won the Coppa Italia in 2019 and claimed the club’s Player of the Year award for the 2020/21 season.

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His fine form has continued this season with nine goals in 33 appearances for club and country.

On the international stage, the midfielder has won 28 caps for Serbia and scored four goals.

What is being said about Sergej Milinkovic-Savic joining Manchester United?

Reaction to the news that United could complete a deal for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been largely positive on Twitter.

@itsSteevYo:“If we can land Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio, our midfield will be in good hands #MUFC”

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@HarryP03:“United need Sergej Milinković-Savić from Lazio, he would add authority to the Midfield and goals too. #ManchesterUnited”

However, some fans have also joked that reports linking the player with a move to Old Trafford seem to be never ending.

@Nebi_you:“Why does it look impossible for Manchester United to go one transfer window without being linked to Sergej Milinković-Savic”

@RealSamRobson:“The year is 2052 and Manchester United are still being linked with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, now 56, in every single transfer window”

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