Manchester United FINALLY find an alternative to Frenkie de Jong with ‘Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic at the top of Erik ten Hag’s list of other midfield targets’ as the Barcelona star digs in over a move to Old Trafford
- Manchester United are keen to acquire Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
- The Serbian is thought to be an acceptable alternative to Frenkie de Jong
- United’s ambition to get Barcelona’s Dutchman de Jong appears to have faltered
Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is at the top of Erik ten Hag’s midfield targets for Manchester United, if the prolonged plan for Frenkie de Jong does not come to pass.
While Barcelona’s de Jong has been determined to make a move happen, it is not clear if he intends to join up with his fellow Dutchman at Old Trafford.
So ten Hag has set up a list of possible alternatives, including Serbian Milinkovic-Savic, according to Calcio Mercato.
Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is thought to be on Manchester United’s list of midfield targets
However, the 27-year-old will not come cheap, with Lazio requesting at least €70million (£59.5m) for their box-to-box midfielder, who has scored 48 goals for Lazio in seven years with the Italian club.
Arsenal were thought to be interested in Milinkovic-Savic at one point this summer, but balked at the asking price.
If United are keen to stump up that much money, it is believed Lazio would not resist the transfer, although they might have preferred a sale earlier in the transfer window.
Milinkovic-Savic has never expressed an opinion to leave Rome, but with two years remaining on his contract, the opportunity might have come at the right time.
Last season, Milinkovic-Savic scored 11 goals for Lazio, and made 11 assists for his Roman team-mates.
The Serbian made 11 goals and 11 assists last season for Lazio, earning United’s interest
Barcelona’s plan to sell Frenkie de Jong to United appears to have hit several stumbling blocks
MailOnline previously reported that Barcelona’s proposal to sell de Jong to Manchester United for £71.5m appears to have faltered because the Dutchman has reportedly said he does not like the way the Red Devils are run.
There were also claims that 25-year-old de Jong and his fiancee Mikky Kiemeney do not like the city of Manchester, which would kill off any hope of a switch to Old Trafford.
The Catalan club are hoping to sell de Jong to free up their wage bill so they can register their new signings, including Robert Lewandowski and Andreas Christensen, with La Liga under the league’s financial fairplay rules.
The Dutchman is considering alternative offers from Bayern Munich and Chelsea if he is to leave the Spotify Nou Camp this summer, because of the allure of Champions League football.
While ten Hag’s plans were thought to be centred around de Jong, it appears that Milinkovic-Savic would be an ideal alternative, ahead of the Premier League’s start in two weeks.
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