Remember back to the summer when The Sun claimed Manchester United had agreed to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic?
The report actually claimed United had ‘agreed’ a £80 million deal. Unsurprisingly it proved to be false.
‘Manchester United agree incredible £80m Sergej Milinkovic-Savic transfer from Lazio as Jose Mourinho wraps up his first summer signing‘… claimed the headline.
We bring this up to urge caution over the latest spurious reports doing the rounds over Milinkovic-Savic.
The Sun were at it again over the weekend, claiming Jose Mourinho is plotting a club record deal for the Serbian.
This all appears to have stemmed from Mourinho being in the stands to watch Serbia’s international match last week, but other reports have claimed defender Nikola Milenkovic is the player he was there to see.
So what should we make of it?
There are a few things in play here. Firstly Milinkovic-Savic would be a tremendous signing if United pulled it off.
Secondly, it is possible. It’s just nowhere near as likely as the tabloids would have you believe right now.
United aren’t going to be making progress with transfers in October, and Milinkovic-Savic signed a new contract with Lazio less than a month ago.
Lazio are fourth in Serie A and in contention to claim their first Champions League spot in more than a decade. It doesn’t make sense they would sell mid-season.
Perhaps we are still annoyed at the incorrect reports claiming United ‘agreed’ a deal back in May, which always looked suspect.
This is still a rumour to retain a lot of suspicion over.