According to recent reports in Italy, Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Sergej Milinkovic Savic from Serie A club Lazio. The deal for the Lazio midfielder is said to be worth €90 million.
According to the Italian sports outlet Football Italia, Manchester United will pay €75 million upfront for the Serbian international and €15 million as bonuses. Apparently, this remaining €15 million is the reason that is causing the delay with both parties unable to agree on the format of bonuses which includes €5 million “easy-to-reach” bonuses and €10 million “difficult but not impossible” bonuses.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Savic’s agent is already in Manchester to negotiate the terms. When asked regarding the Savic rumor, Lazio president responded:
“Still, it’s normal for a top player to have aspirations of wanting to play for a great club. We still haven’t got to that stage, but should a player come to me like a son then I’d find it unfair to deprive them of such an opportunity.”
“Furthermore, if you want to maintain a harmonious atmosphere, you must try to please your players.”
The 24-year-old Serbian had a poor outing in the previous season in Serie A. Savic scored only five goals compared to that his 12 during the 2017-18 season. However, he is still a favorite for many of the European giants because of his scoring potential, vision and soft feet. Also, the player is an aerial threat for the opposition because of his height.
? Agent of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in England to finalise switch from Lazio to Manchester United! Deal worth up to €90m, including bonuses. [Gazzetta] pic.twitter.com/KsCXJNDzXw
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Sergej Milinkovic Savic is an exceptional talent in midfield for any team he plays for because of skill set. With less than two weeks remaining for the Premier League transfer window, here are the reasons why Manchester United should sign the Lazio midfielder with utmost effort.
#3) Sergej Milinkovic Savic Has The Ability To Perform In The “Two-Pronged” Role
Sergej Milinkovic Savic can play in both, the attacking midfield and the defensive midfield. In Serie A, one can find very few players who can perform this kind of a role consistently like Hamsik or Naingollan. However, Milinkovic Savic is another one in this list.
In the 2018-19 season, Savic made 1.4 tackles per game apart from 0.9 interceptions per game in Serie A. Also; the player had 1.5 clearances to his name for every match. However, one cannot categorize him as a defensive midfielder. One can describe him as a deep-lying midfielder with a smart attacking mindset.
On the attacking front, Sergej has five goals and three assists to his name in the previous season. Apart from that, he has an uncanny ability to create goals as defined by the statistics. According to WhoScored, Savic made 1.5 key passes per game.
#2) Savic’s Physical Attributes
The physical attributes are one of the key factors why the elite European clubs are vying for the signature of Sergej Milinkovic Savic. The Lazio midfielder is 192 cm tall and weighs 76 kg. These attributes give him a clear title of a box-to-box midfielder alongside winning 4.4 duels per game in 2018-19 season.
Because of his physical qualities, it becomes hard for opponents to track and mark the midfielder. The aerial efficiency of the player makes him tremendously valuable for any team.
#1) Sergej Milinkovic Savic Is Only 24!!!!!
In football, any player’s age is one of the first few things to get checked before proceeding to the matter of signing the player. And, there are only a few players who have achieved a lot, even before they reach their prime. It’s the same in the Serbian’s case with him being only 24 years of age.
A player of less than 25 years of age means he still has the hunger to learn and improve. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can try different positions with the midfielder and bring out the best in him. Moreover, he will be able to showcase his prowess in front of the crazy crowd of Old Trafford.
Manchester United are yet to spend big in the transfer market even though, they have signed the likes of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Sergej Milinkovic Savic might be the player for whom the fans of the Red Devils have been waiting for. The Serbian can be a real addition of talent in midfield for Manchester United regardless of Paul Pogba staying or leaving Old Trafford.