If there’s one story we’d quite like to see be over sooner rather than later at Sport Witness, it’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s future.
The Serbian midfielder has, throughout the season, been linked with a number of big clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, and the fees discussed to get a transfer done have been quite exorbitant.
If pretty much every outlet in Italy is to be believed, the Lazio star, should he leave, would cost clubs at least €100m, which the Serie A side are already thinking of reinvesting, having already targeted a replacement.
This is what Il Tempo are reporting on Tuesday, explaining that a meeting is expected to take place between Simone Inzaghi and the club’s director of football, Igli Tare, in the coming days to try and work out next season’s squad.
Having identified Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante to plug the gap a potential Milinkovic-Savic departure would create, Lazio know they will ‘quasi-certainly’ have more than €120m to play around with.
As for who could give them that money, Il Messaggero report the 23-year-old has ‘four requests on from abroad’, originating from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
That means Manchester City are now looking elsewhere, most likely having turned their attention to Napoli’s Jorginho instead.
It was already made clear by the same newspaper back in March that Lazio would happily wait until after the World Cup to sell Milinkovic-Savic, so, unfortunately for us and for Manchester United fans around the world, this doesn’t seem like a story that’s about to go away anytime soon.
Is it wrong that we can already picture Ed Woodward cheering every misplaced pass the Serbia international makes in the upcoming World Cup, knocking off €500k off his offer as he goes along, because that’s how it works, right?