Erik ten Hag appears to have failed to fit his main target Frenkie de Jong into the current summer transfer window, but the Dutch manager has already decided on an alternative for Manchester United.
The Premier League club are reportedly close to submitting an offer for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. It is understood that Manchester United are determined to sign Milinkovic-Savic in order to strengthen their midfield.
According to Italian newspaper Messagero, Manchester United are preparing a £42million bid for the Serbian footballer. However, it’s believed the Serie A club won’t go along with the proposal as they seek a fee of around £59million.
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The report further claims that Milinkovic-Savic’s agent expects an offer from the Red Devils which Lazio won’t be able to refuse in early August.
It’s no secret that Manchester United desperately need a top-notch midfielder ahead of next season. Moreover, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic left Old Trafford after the end of last season. In such a situation, Ten Hag needs to sign a midfielder in order to form a compact midfield.
Milinkovic-Savic had joined Italian club Lazio ahead of the 2015-16 season from Genk. The 27-year-old midfielder has made 294 appearances for Lazio so far and scored 58 goals. In the recently concluded Serie A, he scored 11 goals and scripted as many assists. On the international circuit, Savic has put on the Serbia shirt 34 times and found the back of the net six times.
Manchester United emerged as Frenkie de Jong’s possible new destination earlier this month. However, it was later understood that the Dutch midfielder didn’t want to leave the Catalan giants. Barcelona coach Xavi, during the pre-season tour, was asked about De Jong’s situation.
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“I am not here to send messages. I already spoke with Frenkie, I appreciate it very much. He is a key player, but there is also the economic situation and financial fair play. He can also give us a lot as a centre-back,” Xavi said, per SPORTBIBLE, while talking about De Jong.
In the current summer transfer window, Manchester United have so far acquired the services of midfielder Christian Eriksen, left-back Tyrell Malacia and defender Lisandro Martinez.
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