Nemanja Matic sends important message to Mourinho over £87.5m target

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at Samara Arena on June 17, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Nemanja Matic has sent a subtle message to Jose Mourinho over Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

The Red Devils have been linked with Lazio’s Milinkovic-Savic for several weeks as Mourinho scours the market for midfield reinforcements ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Milinkovic-Savic impressed alongside Matic in Serbia’s World Cup victory over Costa Rica on Sunday and many United fans are hoping they are team-mates at Old Trafford next season.

It’s understood Milinkovic-Savic has an £87.5m release clause in his contract and Lazio and Real Madrid and Juventus are also queuing up for the midfielder.

Ahead of Serbia’s clash with Switzerland, Matic posted on Instagram: ‘Together we are always stronger.’ Many United supporters immediately reacted in the comment section, jumping to the conclusion that the deal was as good as done.

Together we are always stronger @sergej___21

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Milinkovic-Savic played down rumours of a summer transfer when pressed on his future ahead of the World Cup. ‘It’s nice when people are talking about me,’ he admitted.

‘But I don’t place too much importance on these things. I’m happy at Lazio and am feeling good here for now, but then we will have to see.’