As was reported in both L’Equipe and AS on Monday morning, it appears that despite claims he was now happy at Manchester United, Paul Pogba still wants to leave Old Trafford in the summer.
The French newspaper played down a move to Juventus, but pushed one to Real Madrid, while the Spanish outlet were more focused on his contract situation, stating he could get even more frustrated if he was forced to stay by the club triggering the extension available to them.
If those claims are to be believed, then it’s only natural for the Premier League side to prepare for his exit, meaning a replacement would need to be brought in.
As per usual, there’s only one name for the job, it seems, and that’s Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić.
It’s Foot Mercato in France with an exclusive story this time, as they report Manchester United see him as the ‘perfect prototype’ to replace the World Cup winner, and the Red Devils have already ‘gone up a gear’ in their pursuit.
They claim ‘first discussions’ have already taken place with the player’s entourage regarding next season, and while they will have to deal with Mateja Kezman, Milinković-Savić’s official agent, they can also ‘count on’ Fali Ramadani to help a lending hand.
It’s stated the ‘super agent’ is acting as an intermediary, and is ‘working on’ bringing the midfielder to Manchester United.
However, it’s not that simple, as they will need to convince Lazio, which won’t be cheap.
Last year’s attempts allegedly led to United having an offer ‘estimated at more than €110m’ to be rejected by Claudio Lotito.