Manchester United have not made a £96m offer for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, despite a report from Metro yesterday saying they have.

United have been tipped to make this summer a record for spending as they seek to strengthen their squad and it is no secret that Jose Mourinho intends to bolster his midfield after the retirement of Michael Carrick and the likely exit of Marouane Fellaini.

And Milinkovic-Savic is a name that has been widely tipped to make his way to Manchester. United have tracked the Lazio star – however, the Metro’s report is completely false. There has been no bid made from United for the player and developments over the last week indicate that the move is unlikely to happen.

The first reason is Lazio’s astronomical asking price. The only remotely truthful reference in the Metro’s report is that the Italian club want a fee close to £100m. United were interested in the player as a foil for Paul Pogba but the price places him firmly in the ‘potential replacement’ list for the French midfielder, though it does seem unlikely that United will agree to a sale for Pogba.

Pogba is unlikely to push for a move unless an opening comes up at Real Madrid. Madrid, however, are attempting to raise funds to sign Neymar, while they will be watching the Kylian Mbappe situation closely. It is unlikely they will make two major signings of around £100m.

United are in talks to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred while they will have observed the fallout with Gareth Bale at Madrid with interest as the probable forerunners if the Welshman decides to leave Spain.