Sergei Milinkovic-Savic is a player linked on and off to Manchester United over the past two summers. But did you know the Red Devils once signed his brother?
United signed youngster Vanja Milinkovic-Savic from FK Vojvidina years ago when he was just 17.
The teenager was rated as one of the top goalkeeping prospects in world football.
He was even pictured with Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2014 at Carrington, towering over the legendary United boss.
Sadly for the big Serbian his United career never got started due to red tape.
Milinkovic-Savic was denied a work permit and he was left in limbo, and unable to circumvent this with a loan move.
His agreement with United was voided in November 2015 and he was free to seek a move elsewhere. He has gone onto establish a good career for himself.
What happened next?
Vanja Milinkovic-Savic signed with Polish club Lecchia Gdansk in January 2016 and immediately established himself as a first team player.
This form and his connection to United quickly led to a move to Italian side Torino.
He is still at Torino, but he has been out on loan for nearly all of the past two seasons.
These have included spells at SPAL, Ascoli, and now he is with Belgian side Standard Liege, who have an option to buy him.
Just earlier this season he featured in the Europa League against Arsenal at The Emirates.
Still only 22-years-old, Milinkovic-Savic has time on his side to become one of Europe’s top goalkeepers.
Perhaps he might go on to make United regret not finding a way to keep him, but right now we are not short on goalkeepers.
The hidden blow is that had a deal for him worked out, bigwigs at Old Trafford might have been more forceful in bidding for his talented brother, who is a Serbian international and regular in Lazio’s midfield.
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