Leonardo: AC Milan can’t afford Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

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As per reports from Italian outlet Calciomercato, Manchester United are planning a last-ditch swoop for 23-year old Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic before the English transfer deadline on Thursday.

Additional reporting from Joe also notes that Manchester United were linked with Milinkovic-Savic at various points this summer, though this speculation has died down somewhat of late, perhaps due to the signing of Fred in midfield and the strong form of youngster Andreas Pereira in pre-season since returning from loan.

The Serbian midfielder enjoyed a fine World Cup in Russian Federation for his nation and has caught the eye of several clubs, including Serie A rivals Inter and Milan, along with the Premier League duo of Manchester United and Chelsea.

"Milinkovic-Savic is the best young player in the world and has huge potential to improve further", Lotito told Corriere dell Sera.

"I have not received any official offers either from Milan or Juventus, let alone from Real or United".

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United still intend to do everything possible to keep the French World Cup victor, but Milinkovic-Savic is their backup plan in case Barcelona or Juve make an offer that is simply too good to turn down.

Lotito indicated that he may be willing to part with the playmaker should an offer in excess of the €105 million that Manchester United paid for Pogba were to arrive.

Even then, signing him will not be the easiest of tasks for Manchester United, with a number of other clubs interested in Milinkovic-Savic.

The Italian champions want to make sure that there are no Premier League clubs involved in the transfer chase once they decide to approach Lazio for Milinkovic-Savic.

He said: "I would [build the team around him]".

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