Manchester United target and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s agent Mateja Kezman has revealed that no agreement has been reached with any club regarding a summer move for his client.
Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for midfield reinforcements over the summer ahead of Michael Carrick hanging up his boots after 12 years in a red shirt.
The 55-year-old has identified Milinkovic-Savic as a potential option in a midfield three, travelling to Vienna to watch him play for Serbia as early as last October.
But Kezman, speaking on the subject of his client, made it clear that no agreements had been reached with any club at this moment in time.
“Lazio have three big games to go and nobody has talked about any negotiations at this moment,” he said.
“The Biancocelesti have the opportunity to get their best result of recent years by qualifying for the Champions League.
“It’s only normal there is enormous interest in Sergej between some top European clubs, but we do not have any agreement with any club.”
Lazio have stated that Milinkovic-Savic will be available in the summer but stressed that any potential suitors would need to launch a bid exceeding £100m.
This will, you sense, end up being a pretty common feature of the transfer market but you wonder whether Mourinho will have the same determination to expend such resources on a player whose role – mainly as a right sided central midfielder in a trio – is similar to that of Marouane Fellaini, who suddenly looks as if he will stay at the club.
Mourinho, in turn, could be tempted instead to splash big on a holding midfielder instead given Carrick’s departure and the adverse impact too many games in a row had on Nemanja Matic midway through the season.