Manchester United’s hopes of signing Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have been given a boost after the club director Igli Tare admitted they will consider offers for the midfielder.
The Red Devils have watched the Serbian a number of times this season and are monitoring his situation in Rome. Lazio’s £100m valuation of the midfielder was designed to put off potential buyers but the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has weakened their negotiating position.
Tare admits a player of Milinkovic-Savic’s quality deserves to be competing against the best and says Lazio will evaluate any offers they receive.
‘The failed Champions League qualification doesn’t change things, we know what we must do and must improve on,’ Tare told Sky Sport Italia. ‘We must put [manager Simone] Inzaghi in the condition to do well next season, so Sergej’s predicament wasn’t started yesterday but two years ago.
‘We’re talking about a player who deserves this stage. We don’t want to talk about figures, the market isn’t based on ‘if’ and ‘maybe’. ‘At this moment we have yet to receive an offer, and when it arrives we’ll decide what to do.’
Mourinho is set to be handed around £150m to spend this summer and the club are hopeful of tying up a deal for Brazil midfielder Fred in the next fortnight.