Man United blow as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic likely to stay at Lazio

Man United suffer yet ANOTHER transfer blow as ‘it looks more likely midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will stay at Lazio’ – with the Red Devils exploring alternative options to Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong

  • Manchester United have hit stumbling block in pursuit of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
  • The Red Devils identified the Lazio midfielder as alternative to Frenkie de Jong
  • It has been reported it is ‘increasingly likely’ the 27-year-old will remain at Lazio
  • Man United also set to miss out on De Jong with Chelsea the new front-runners

Manchester United have received another blow in the transfer window as their pursuit of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic hit a stumbling block.

The Red Devils identified the Lazio midfielder as a potential alternative to long-standing target Frenkie de Jong.

However, reports have emerged that Milinkovic-Savic is edging closer to a stay at Lazio amid the interest from United.

Manchester United’s pursuit of midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has hit a stumbling block

The Serbia international boasted 22 goal contributions in 37 Serie A outings for Lazio last term

La Gazzetta dello Sport have stated that it looks more likely that the Serbia international will remain at the Stadio Olimpico this summer.

The Italian outlet claimed that there is no offer on the horizon from the Red Devils despite the fact that they are keen on the 27-year-old.

Milinkovic-Savic has netted 58 goals in 204 appearances for the Biancocelesti and enjoyed a superb season for Maurizio Sarri’s side last season.

Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri (above) will reportedly will do ‘anything’ to keep Milinkovic-Savic

The Serbia international boasted 22 goal contributions in just 37 Serie A outings last term and Sarri has stated that he will do ‘anything’ to keep his start midfielder in the Italian capital.

Lazio missed out on Champions League football by a single point last campaign and Sarri is determined to remain above bitter city-rivals Jose Mourinho’s Roma – with Milinkovic-Savic instrumental to Lazio’s ascendance.

The midfielder has two years remaining on his deal at the Stadio Olimpico, which may force Lazio’s hand this summer in order to receive a substantial figure from the Red Devils.

Erik ten Hag suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brighton in his opening game as Manchester United boss

United have had a long-standing interest in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer

United’s first choice midfield target has been De Jong throughout the summer, but rivals Chelsea are reportedly close to landing the midfielder from under the noses of the Reds.

Erik ten Hag’s side’s need for a defensive midfielder was laid bare in their Premier League opening weekend defeat to Brighton on Sunday, yet there are question marks over Milinkovic-Savic’s ability to play in a deeper role.

And the fresh claims surrounding the Serbia international’s future at Lazio could hinder Manchester United’s pursuit for the midfielder.

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