If there’s one story we were glad had disappeared over, it was the recurring one involving Manchester United and Sergej Milinković-Savić.
The Serbian midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for as long as we can remember, and yet the move has never taken place since he was always seen as the replacement for Paul Pogba.
With the Frenchman now somewhat reinvigorated and helping his club secure important points towards the back end of the campaign, the need for Milinković-Savić remains minimal, with more important areas needing reinforcements in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
However, that never stops rumours from appearing, and Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday explain there is a renewed interest from a few clubs for the Lazio star.
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Mancheser United are all said to be ‘returning to the assault’ for the complete midfielder, who recently secured three vital points for his side with a late winner against Hellas Verona.
Contracted to the Italian club until 2024, there is no need to sell from the club’s point of view, and the player recently made it clear he wasn’t thinking about the future for the time being.
A lot could ride on whether Lazio qualify for the Champions League again or not, as failing to do so could lead to Milinković-Savić looking at clubs who play in the competition regularly to further his career.
As things stand, Lazio sit sixth in Serie A, six points behind fourth placed Atalanta with a game in hand, so with no guarantee just yet, clubs are circling.
While qualifying for the Champions League could ‘prove to be a very convincing reason to try and keep’ him in Rome, it’s made clear by Gazzetta that ‘Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are ready to court him again’.
Nothing too conclusive just yet, but it seems the idea of buying the Serbian hasn’t entirely disappeared from the Carrington offices.
Whether it still rides on Pogba leaving first, however, remains to be seen.