Real Madrid are gearing up for a big summer with the name of Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic on their wishlist
The Serbian has shot to limelight after an incredible season with Lazio. His 33 starts in Serie A yielded 12 goals and 3 assists and the player is now being linked with European heavyweights. Manchester United have long been keeping tabs on his situation but the Red Devils now face competition from 13-time European Champions Real Madrid.
Lazio currently value their midfield asset at a considerable £132 million, something which has forced Man United into reconsidering their interest. Madrid, however, will have no problem in matching Milinkovic-Savic’s evaluation. In fact, according to reports in Il Messaggero Los Blancos are willing to offer a further £18 million in performance-related bonuses. They have prepped up a five-year deal worth £100,000-a-week to entice the Serbian.
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Meanwhile, Juventus have also registered their interest in the midfielder but Lazio President Claudio Lotito has made it clear that he would rather sell Milinkovic-Savic abroad. This comes after the Rome-based club has effectively accepted defeat in their pursuit of keeping a hold of the 23-year-old. A final day defeat at the hands of Inter Milan also made sure that Lazio will not be featuring in the Champions League next season, thus diminishing the club’s pull even further.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, could be set to enter a period of change. After winning three Champions League titles on the bounce, Los Blancos are looking to reduce the average age of their squad. Their preferred midfield trio has an average age of 28. The player, however, will be deciding his future only after getting done with Serbia’s campaign at this year’s World Cup.
Milinkovic-Savic could be a savvy signing for either clubs linked but his price tag is a huge roadblock. Valued at £132 the 23-year-old might not provide the best value. Either the prize needs to be brought down considerably or the clubs should start looking at other players.