Manchester United Football Club have seen their £70million bid for Sergej Milnikovic-Savic matched by Serie A giants Juventus.
That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, per The Metro, with Lazio rejecting both offers. They are apparently holding out for £114million to let the 23-year-old leave them this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on acquiring the superstar midfielder, and United were thought to be frontrunners, but now they’ll have to significantly up their bid to ensure Milinkovic-Savic is plying his trade at Old Trafford next term.
The midfielder scored fourteen goals and tacked on nine assists for his teammates this season, as Lazio narrowly missed out on Champions League football. The fact that they’re not playing in Europe’s premier continental competition can only be a good thing for any potential suitors this summer.
I’d love for United to splurge and sign the man from Serbia, but it’s certainly an expensive deal. There is no guarantee that Milinkovic-Savic will be able to transition to Premier League football and the move has to be viewed as a risk. He is young, though, and time is on his side. If he’s allowed to play with no pressure for a year or two, then this lad could be special.