Manchester United are being linked with a January transfer window move for midfielder Sasa Lukic.
Italian outlet Torino Granata reports United are set to battle Jose Mourinho’s Roma for the star, along with other interested clubs.
So who exactly is the latest transfer target?
Here is a look at everything you need to know about the potential addition…
1) Lukic, 26, has played for Torino since 2016, also spending one season in Spain with Levante during this period.
2) He is a central midfielder who can also play an attacking role. This season he has two goals in 12 Serie A appearances.
3) Lukic has more than 30 international caps for Serbia and has been featuring for his country at the World Cup in Qatar.
4) His contract at Torino expires in 2024, which could prompt the club to cash in on him in January or next summer. FBRef reports he earns just under £25,000 per week.
5) Lukic has created more ‘shot creating actions’ than any Torino midfielder this season. He has also won the joint-highest number of tackles than any player at his club, per FBRef.
What they say
Lukic’s Torino teammate Gleisson Bremer recently lauded Lukic as an ‘excellent midfielder’, in quotes carried by Mozzart Sport.
Italian newspaper La Stampa earlier this year described Lukic as a ‘sensational talent’.
Lukic regards a close friend as Adem Ljajic, who signed with United under Sir Alex Ferguson, before the deal was cancelled.
He told VolimPartizan: “Adem Ljajic is a huge support for me. He has been with me since day one, not only in words, but also in deeds.”
Lukic has made clear he expects to leave Torino soon. He told Toro News: “I have big ambitions. I’m sure I’ll get where I set out to be, and whether it’s after the World Cup or next summer, we’ll see.”
What’s the verdict
Lukic would be a cheap option to add to Manchester United’s midfield. He could be bought for under £20 million, and is on a low salary at Torino.
He could be a very useful squad player to add into Erik ten Hag’s side, especially with Fred’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Lukic would also be eligible to play in the Europa League this season if Manchester United sign him in January.
At present the United links are just tentative, and there may be other clubs more determined to sign him next month.
United’s priorities appear to be at other positions, with a new striker and right-back the top priorities to strengthen the squad, in a window which is typically quiet.