Manchester United are preparing to make a firm bid to Lazio for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after learning of the total package it would cost to bring the Serbian star to Old Trafford.
United manager Erik ten Hag has endured a frustrating summer so far with just three new arrivals coming through. Indeed, their efforts to strengthen the midfield have stalled for weeks while United hoped to secure a deal for Frenkie de Jong. But he has apparently failed to gain ground on his signing, Ten Hag and United seem to have moved on very quickly.
To that end, the deal to bring Adrien Rabiot to Old Trafford seems to be gathering pace. A fee has already been agreed with Juventus. Now United have held what are described as “positive talks” with his agent and mother Veronique on Tuesday.
Their demands have already become clear and – if all goes according to plan – Rabiot could sign on the dotted line in the coming days.
However, he does not appear to be the only midfielder to sign for United this summer.
Indeed, reports surfaced Monday’s talk about the Euro Paper about how a deal for Milinkovic-Savic was also gathering pace. Indeed, it is suggested that the Serbian midfielder is pushing the move hard following renewed interest from United.
And with Lazio now seemingly ready to sell, the player, a long-time target for United, could finally find himself at Old Trafford.
The story is featured prominently in three Italian newspapers, with all three adamant that a move would be on the cards.
The Corriere dello Sport Milinkovic-Savic is said to be pushing for a move, having rejected rival interest from Arsenal and Newcastle.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s wage demands come to light
With two years left on his deal, La Repubblica claim Lazio are demanding £57.5m for the midfielder. And that’s a fee United seem willing to meet.
And finally, Gazzetta dello Sport claim the 27-year-old Serbian will demand wages of around £120,000-a-week at United. Over the course of a four-year deal he is said to be seeking, it brings a total wage packet of £24.9m.
However, with a deal for Rabiot costing around £17m, United could find themselves able to sign both players for a similar fee to what they were willing to pay for De Jong.
This double deal would represent shrewd business Manchester Unitedgiven the £71m fee, they seemed willing to pay for De Jong.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s capture may finally end Scott McTominay’s axis, Fred too. This has become an all-too-familiar theme for United, and for which he doesn’t offer enough quality.
His performances in recent times have been the subject of much criticism.
And they too were the recipients of more flak on Sunday after the defeat to Brighton.
Speaking about the double pivot, a frustrated Keane made his feelings clear Sky Sports.
“The decision-making and the footballing intelligence, particularly Fred’s, and I’ve said this for a long time, Fred and McTominay are not good enough. They’re not going to get Manchester United back to competing at the top.
“We see it week after week. [They are] it’s not up to par.”
Scholes wants “McFred” gone
Scholes described the first half display against Brighton as “shameful” before agreeing with his former team-mate.
he said Premier League productions: “The quality in midfield was very bad.
“I was happy for him [McTominay] he was not expelled [for a late challenge], but I think he got a little lucky. Again, run with the ball, absolutely ridiculous. The quality in midfield was not good enough. But we’ve seen that over the last few years with these two players.
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“With Fred and McTominay, he [Ten Hag] only one of them will have to play [moving forward] but even one of them is probably too many. Fred gives the ball away all the time and McTominay constantly tries to run with it and then gives it away. Pass it on to your best players…
“It’s not that difficult. It’s criminal on a day like today.”
Meanwhile, United are also preparing to sign Cody Gakpo. The PSV player is well-known to Ten Hag and also comes at an attractive price despite an excellent season in the Eredivisie.
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