Paul Pogba has left Manchester United as a free agent for the second time in his career. Prior to the Red Devils confirming the midfielder’s exit, they were heavily linked with Sergej Milinković-Savić, in April and May, and for years before that.
Various reports then suggested United could look to replace Pogba with the Lazio star. It was also stated the Serie A side are open to letting him leave this summer.
The 27-year-old is still with Maurizio Sarri’s side, even though there’s been interest from United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Juventus have liked him for years, while there has been talk of AC Milan as an option for the Serbian international.
That’s according to Calciomercato.it, who state Erik ten Hag’s side and the player’s other suitors have not made any advances to sign him. They explain it’s because dealing with Lazio chairman Claudio Lotito is never easy.
Radio Radio journalist Alessandro Vocalelli states Lotito could be forced to accept a lower fee for Milinković-Savić this summer.
“The difference compared to previous years is that if Lotito previously refused offers of €80m, Milinković-Savić obeyed and stayed with Lazio,” Vocalelli was quoted as saying by Calciomercat.it.
“If this year there is also a €55m offer from a top club, the Serbian will want it to be accepted and therefore Lotito would in a sense be forced to accept it, otherwise the story would risk not ending well.”
For now, Manchester United haven’t advanced to sign the Serbian as their main target for the midfield is Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
If the Red Devils or another club make a €55m bid for the Lazio star, then Vocalelli feels Lotito will have a tough decision to make.