Man Utd submit offer for Lazio star

Manchester United have submitted an offer for Lazio’s 27-year-old Serbian midfielder, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

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That is according to Italian outlet Noi Biancocelesti, via Sports Witness, who claim that Lazio have received an offer from Manchester United, with the £68m bid said to be enough to convince the Rome-based outfit to part ways with the Serbian.

Premier League side Tottenham are also listed as competition for United, along with Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Pogba replacement

Over the past seven seasons at Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic has proven himself as an elite central midfielder who is competent in both parts of the game.

During his time in Rome, he has been extremely consistent and has made 30 or more appearances in six out of his seven seasons with the White and Sky Blues.

The Serbian’s 21 goal contributions from 34 appearances have taken him to that next level as a goal-creating box-to-box midfielder and at 27-years-old, he may look to spend his prime years at a so-called ‘super-club.’

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With the amount of esteemed European outfits said to be interested in securing his services, Milinkovic-Savic can pick and choose where he wants to play his football next season.

Though, if he was to pick Manchester United as his next club, he would certainly bolster the side and serve as a big upgrade on the seemingly departing France midfielder Paul Pogba.

Indeed, Parma’s sporting director Demetrio Albertini previously lauded his talent, saying: “Milinković-Savić has the characteristics of a great champion; he has extraordinary elegance.”

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Besides the elegance, Milinkovic-Savic, who is reported to be worth £68m, shares some very similar metrics with Pogba and would serve as an adequate replacement who can add more consistency to the United squad.

Whilst the pair share a similar match average of around three shot-creating actions per game, the Serbian serves as the metronome in midfield for the Italian side, with the majority of build-ups going through him – as can be seen through his average of 54.05 completed passes per 90 and match average of 65.14 passes received.

Manchester United are right to move for a creative source who boasts the second-highest assist total in the Serie A this season with 11, and he would be an astute addition for Erik Ten Hag’s possession-based system.

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