Father of Man United’s £78m-rated No.1 target urges son to reject Red Devils offer

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been urged by his father to turn down a move to Manchester United and join Juventus instead.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his midfield options ahead of the new season. But Lazio are standing firm over their valuation of the Serbia international and are demanding a fee in excess of €90 million (£78m) for the player.

United are also facing competition from Real Madrid and Juventus for the midfielder, who has impressed in Serie A. And Milinkovic-Savic’s father admits he has told his son that Juventus would be his ‘ideal’ destination.

Asked how well his son would fit in at Juventus, Nikola Milinkovic-Savic told Tuttosport: ‘Very well and I told him so many times Juventus would be the ideal team, perfect for him.

‘In Turin, in a large prestigious and multi-titled society like the Bianconeri that has dominated the scene for years, he would have the opportunity to grow and improve again until he reaches full maturity.

‘After three seasons in Rome, Sergej knows the Italian championship perfectly, he has set and integrated in a big way, he has learned the language well.

‘And with players of the highest level as the various Dybala, Douglas Costa and company he could win the Scudetto, the Italian Cup and make an important contribution to triumph in the Champions League, why not?

‘Juve always goes very far in this competition. And he were to win the most prestigious cup, Sergej could also aspire to win the Golden Ball.’

Asked about a potential move to Madrid, Milinkovic-Savic replied: ‘True, but he could go to Spain after he turns 25, he will have completed his footballing maturity in Italy, just like [Zinedine] Zidane did.’