Lazio sporting director Igil Tare has insisted that midfielder and Manchester United target Serjeg Milinkovic-Savic is worth more than €90m.
The Reds have been known to be looking at Milinkovoc-Savic for some time now, with his goalkeeper brother having played for the club a few years ago briefly.
Serie A side Lazio denied that any offers or serious discussions had been held this season, but conceded there was significant interest in their star midfielder.
“Right now there is interest, but nothing concrete,” Tare admitted.
“I’ve certainly never spoken to Real Madrid about him, they never approached us.”
Milinkovic-Savic, at a young age, had been touted by his agent as one of European football’s future best players, and is vital for Lazio.
Tare said he wouldn’t name a price for the player, because the club have no intention of selling him. However, considering hypotheticals, any transfer would have to include a mammoth fee.
Some reports suggest Lazio would demand upwards of £130m (€150m) for Milinkovic-Savic, meaning he’d become one of the most expensive players of all-time, and certainly Man United’s most expensive player.
“I don’t know how much he could be worth and I don’t even want to think about it,” Tare told Sportitalia.
“It’s certainly a figure well over €80-90m, in any case. Sergej is very important to us and has not yet reached his peak.
“There are always more players who can be found and developed.
“I want it to be clear, Lazio have never set a price-tag or asked anything for Milinkovic.
“We received offers more or less on that level last summer, but they were not taken into consideration.”
Milinkovic-Savic may be part of United boss Jose Mourinho’s plan to get the best out of his midfield. Paul Pogba was signed for £89m two summers ago but appears to need someone to relieve him of the excessive duties he is being given by an often shaky defence and sometimes unreliable midfielders around him.
If he proved to be the final piece in the puzzle, then the Lazio man would be worth near €90m, but if not, if he, too, needed another big signing to help him settle, then where does it end for United? If Mourinho goes for Milinkovic-Savic, he has to be sure it will work.