According to reports in the English media, Manchester United are preparing a 100 million Euro offer for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Explosive performer

Milinkovic-Savic, a 22-year-old Serbian midfielder, arrived at Lazio from Genk in the summer of 2015 with weighty expectations on his young shoulders.

He initially struggled to adapt to life in the Italian capital, but began to find his feet midway through his first season, before announcing himself onto the world stage with a number of phenomenal performances for Simone Inzaghi’s men last season.

His incredible engine and eye for goal led a number of Serie A sides to express an interest in Savic’s services over the summer, but Biancocelesti President Claudio Lotito proved typically difficult during negotiations, reportedly turning down offers of 70 million Euro+ for his prized possession.

In-demand

Rumours began to circulate towards the end of the summer that interest in Savic spanned beyond the confines of Italy, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola named as a huge admirer of the talents of the all-action Serbian star.

These reports have since been backed by a number of Italian media outlets, who claim that City will launch a big-money bid for Savic next summer.

Manchester United and Juventus have been named as the other leading contenders for the Lazio man, and, as per reports in the English press over recent days, the former of these sides are now readying a blockbuster offer of their own for the Serb.

Old Trafford bound?

According to the Express, United are prepared to part with over 100 million Euro to bring Savic to Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho having identified the box-to-box star as his number 1 target for next summer.

With both Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan having come in for heavy criticism of late, and Marouane Fellaini yet to sign a new contract with the club, reports claim that Mourinho is eager to pair Paul Pogba with another top-class midfielder, forming a potentially-dominant trident with Nemanja Matic in the Red Devils’ engine room.

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