Manchester United will need to pay £60million to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato (h/t The Mirror), Manchester United will need to fork out £60million to land Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The 26-year-old’s contract at Lazio runs until 2024, giving the Italians leeway when it comes to negotiations. They do not appear to be in the mood to sell off their prized asset on the cheap.
One of the Italian top-flight’s best midfielders, the Serbian has also attracted attention from Liverpool. The Merseysiders are keen to strengthen their squad following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum this summer. Whether Milinkovic-Savic is that man remains to be seen.
Milinkovic-Savic has however also attracted attention from other clubs including United. The Red Devils have been long-term admirers of the Serbian but reports of any move for him have gone cold of late.
With the likes of Eduardo Camavinga linked, it is plausible that we have moved on from the Lazio star. While he remains a top player, it does not make sense for us to pay £60m when the former can be obtained for a lesser price.
As things stand, Liverpool are open to landing Milinkovic-Savic. We appear to have our targets identified and the Serbian does not appear to be at the top of any of our lists.
Having joined from Genk in 2015, the Serbian has gone on to make 247 appearances for Lazio. During that time, he has managed to score 47 goals and 38 assists across all competitions. He has also won 21 caps for Serbia, scoring three goals. (h/t Transfermarkt)
The midfielder was voted Lazio’s player of the season for 2020/21.
Man Utd to make Eduardo Camavinga bid ‘in coming days’ as club ‘serious’ about transfer.
Manchester United could be preparing to launch a formal bid for the services of Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga over the next few days, according to reports.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the 18-year-old in recent months as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to reshuffle his pack ahead of the new campaign.
Camavinga will be out of contract at the end of next season and is yet to agree fresh terms with Rennes, suggesting that a move away from the Ligue 1 outfit could soon be on the cards.
His current employers are facing a dilemma over whether to cash in this summer or risk losing their prized asset for nothing in a year’s time.
United are said to be keeping a close eye on the situation, with Camavinga seemingly earmarked as a genuine target ahead of next season.
The 20-time Premier League champions have already completed the signings of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and former England goalkeeper Tom Heaton since the end of the previous campaign.
It appears as though United will look to make Camavinga their next purchase, with the Red Devils keen to submit a concrete offer to Rennes in the coming days, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
It is claimed that ‘serious’ talks between the two clubs have been ongoing over the last few weeks as United aim to establish the French side’s valuation of the player.
A cut-price figure in the region of £25.7million has been mooted thanks to Camavinga’s contract situation and the suggestion that Rennes are determined to receive a fee for the midfielder.
Although United could decide to wait until next summer to land him on a free transfer, the club are believed to be keen on pushing through a move over the coming weeks in order to pip the competition to his signature.
Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal have also been linked with Camavinga since the turn of the year, but Romano has claimed that United are in pole position to complete the signing and suggested that he is expecting an offer to be submitted as a matter of urgency.
“Let’s see in the coming days if an official bid will be made, but I think yes, because they are really serious on this point,” Romano told the Don Robbie YouTube channel.
A successful move for Camavinga would represent a significant coup for United as they gear up to challenge Manchester City for next season’s Premier League title.
The midfielder is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest young players, turning plenty of heads in Rennes as a result of his cultured range of passing and excellent defensive screening.
Camavinga’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, recently admitted that a number of enticing proposals have already been made for his client.
“Believe me we have a lot of offers for this year, a lot of offers, and good ones,” Barnett told SNTV earlier this year.
“I mean top, top clubs. We don’t want to rush. There is the right time to move on and playing games is the most important thing at his age.
“Playing in a good club is nice for him. It might be this year, or he wants to have another year. He has got to talk to his family, his father.
“We will all sit down and decide. We will talk to Rennes as well and decide. There is no rush for him.
“He’s probably the best young player in the world. He has just turned 18. He has already been a French international. He’s an unbelievable talent.”