No we don't believe it either: Manchester United are being linked to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic again

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been linked to Manchester United again, this time by The Telegraph.

Rumours have persisted over the Serbian all summer, like every summer. Previously they have stemmed from the Italian press and led nowhere. So we have ignored them.

Now there is a more credible source with The Telegraph reporting: “Intermediaries believe a deal can actually be done for the 27-year-old even though Lazio do not want to sell and are aware of United’s renewed interest.”

This one is still tricky to believe. Milinkovic-Savic has been linked to Manchester United each and every summer since 2018, when The Sun claimed the club had agreed a £80 million deal to sign the midfielder. It wasn’t true.

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Yes, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic again

The tantalising aspect of a possible move for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is that he is a fantastic player.

He is physically and technically gifted, a true box to box midfielder able to break up attacks, score goals, and create. The 27-year-old is still at an age where he has plenty more left to offer, and has an excellent fitness record.

This past season Milinkovic-Savic scored 11 goals and provided 11 assists in Serie A, his best total return, although he did score 12 in 2017/18, with three assists.

2020/21 saw him score eight goals and provide nine assists, and the Serbian’s consistent level of performance for Lazio deserves respect.

He has started more than 30 league games in each of the past three seasons. Paul Pogba only did so in one out of six seasons at Manchester United.

The midfielder is under contract until 2024 and faces a big decision. Does he re-commit to Lazio and spend the bulk of his career at the club, or take on a new challenge at Manchester United?

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Milinkovic-Savic can only move if an offer is presented. The Telegraph report he would cost a very reasonable £50 million, with United  weighing it up.

The report says: “Talks [with an intermediary are] at a very early stage as United consider whether to go for it.”

We still remain highly sceptical. If a deal were to come off, this would be a major upgrade to United’s midfield, with Milinkovic-Savic rendering Scott McTominay surplus to requirements.

He isn’t the defensive midfielder United require, but he is a big upgrade on United’s box to box options. Just don’t get carried away. If it doesn’t happen now, it probably never will.

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