SS Lazio director Igli Tare has admitted that the club will listen to offers for reported Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer.
Jose Mourinho is said to be eager to bring Milinkovic-Savic to Old Trafford and has previously sent scouts over to Italy on a number of occasions to watch him in action.
However, Lazio’s £100m valuation of the Serbian international has worked its duty by putting off suitors, including United – who are set to make Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred their first signing of the transfer window in a deal worth around £50m.
Lazio narrowly missed out on Champions League football next season to Inter Milan though, which could weaken their position in potential negotiations – Tare has even admitted that the player deserves to compete against the best.
He recently told Sky Sport Italia that the Serie A club’s involvement in the Europa League doesn’t affect their stance: “The failed Champions League qualification doesn’t change things, we know what we must do and must improve on.
“We must put [manager Simone] Inzaghi in the condition to do well next season, so Sergej’s predicament wasn’t started yesterday but two years ago. We’re talking about a player who deserves this stage.”
Despite this, he admitted Lazio will consider all offers they receive for Milinkovic-Savic.
“We don’t want to talk about figures, the market isn’t based on ‘if’ and ‘maybe’. At this moment we have yet to receive an offer, and when it arrives we’ll decide what to do.”
United’s main focus this summer is thought to be the defence, with Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld and Juventus left-back Alex Sandro at the top of Mourinho’s wish list.
There does seem to be substance attached to the club’s interest in Milinkovic-Savic though, so it’ll be interesting to see the developments that occur in this story.