Manchester United scouts watch Sergej Milinkovic-Savic again with Mourinho ‘enchanted’ by €100m-rated midfielder

by Harry Robinson

Jose Mourinho has sent Manchester United scouts to watch Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ahead of a potential €100m move in 2018.

The Lazio midfielder has been linked to Man United previously, and links are increasing further with the possibility of Marouane Fellaini leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer.

Fellaini is yet to sign a new deal at Old Trafford, and Mourinho is reportedly reluctant to sell him for a cut-price in January.

United will certainly need a new midfielder if Fellaini leaves in the summer, with Turkish side Besiktas linked. They may also look for midfield reinforcements without that development, especially with a player of Milinkovic-Savic’s quality.

The Reds have also been linked to Valencia CF 20-year-old Carlos Soler and Schalke 04’s Leon Goretzka.

United scouts were present as Lazio beat Sampdoria 2-1 away from home, claim Il Messaggero. Reports in September from Calciomercato.com claimed Mourinho was ‘enchanted’ with the 22-year-old.

He scored the equaliser for Lazio, and his importance to the side is massive. That means Lazio will not let him go cheaply.

Il Messaggero quote a €100m price tag for Milinkovic-Savic, with United’s transfer kitty known to be one of the biggest in the world.

Mourinho broke the world transfer fee record to sign Paul Pogba from Serie A side Juventus in 2016, and may have to pay a similar price for his new midfield target.

A physical presence, Milinkovic-Savic could prove to be an upgrade all-round on Fellaini, though coming at a great price.

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