Italy’s SportMediaset name Manchester United as one of a number of clubs (Five, the others being PSG, Juventus, Real Madrid and Man City) keen on signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

This is nothing new, we’ve covered a raft of claims in recent months from Italy about Manchester United interest in the player. All the time the potential price has been pegged at over €100m, but that’s not what the clubs named have been offering.

As it stands, approaches have been around the €70m mark, so Lazio, headed by tough negotiator Claudio Lotito, have sent back the proposals and told everyone it’ll be €150m or no deal.

If the claims are correct, that’s what will have landed on Ed Woodward’s desk, and the next move is his.

Should Jose Mourinho feel Milinkovic-Savic is the answer to his midfield conundrum and would also help get the best out of Paul Pogba, then Woodward going above €100m wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

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In the current market, €70m would appear too cheap, so Lazio are right to make it clear the price will be an awful lot higher.

There’s a reason to be cheerful for Woodward and Mourinho… it’s not claimed Lazio completely ruled a sale out.