Sergej Milinkovic-Savic would cost Manchester United £42 million

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic would cost Manchester United £42 million if they turned to him as an alternative to Frenkie de Jong.

That is what the Telegraph are reporting as they look at what United could do if their long pursuit of the Dutchman came up short.

It has been reported that Erik ten Hag is getting frustrated and ready to give up on his pursuit of the midfielder, which has lasted since he was appointed.

But United do not have a Plan B; only recently being tentatively linked to alternative midfield targets before the end of the transfer window.

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United could sign Milinkovic-Savic for £42 million

Milinkovic-Savic is among those names being linked, like he seemingly has been since 2018, when The Sun claimed the club had agreed a £80 million deal to sign the midfielder. It wasn’t true.

The Telegraph recently reported that he would cost £50 million, and now the price has seemingly dropped even further.

That is perhaps a slightly surprisingly development as with every passing day that De Jong does not sign, United’s desperation for a new face in the engine room grows.

It is also maybe a reflection of the financial struggles across Europe, and it seems that the Serbian’s price has come down by almost 50 per cent since United were first linked.

Former Chelsea and Serbia striker Mateja Kezman represents Milinkovic and in March 2018, he told Mozzart Sport:

“When Sergej arrived in Italy there were comparisons with Paul Pogba. I think that now Milinkovic-Savic has some different qualities that are better than Pogba.

“He has the possibility to become the best in the world in my opinion. He reminds me of Zinedine Zidane sometimes and there are certain things he does that you cannot see on the television. He will one day contest the Ballon d’Or.”

Obviously, his agent is going to talk him up but he is a true box-to-box midfielder, who is 27 and still has his best years ahead of him.

United are still trying to replace Pogba, and the 27-year-old would not be a bad option, but this summer will probably prove whether he is a realistic target for the club or just a player whose name gets mentioned in the same breath every summer to boost his profile.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.