In the past 24 hours, there were numerous interesting claims from certain media. Get French Football tweeted this weekend that Liverpool agreed a deal with Nabil Fekir from Lyon. However, the more eye-catching one was The Sun saying it was Manchester United who signed Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
According to that report, the Serbian is to become the new Manchester United player this summer for a fee of 80 million pounds. They also claim Milinkovic-Savic is to become the second most expensive player in club’s history, as the two sides “had productive negotiations last week”.
However, it was on Sunday that former Chelsea striker and player’s agent Mateja Kezman denied there was any kind of deal struck with any club.
“It is normal for Sergej to be interesting some very large clubs. But, there is no agreement with any club”, said Kezman. So, is he really coming to United? Would that be a smart move for the reported amount of money?
First of all, one of the things people believe could have a huge influence in the potential deal, it is the fact that Kezman worked with Mourinho at Chelsea. In fact, he was one of the first players then-Chelsea manager brought in, signing him from PSV Eindhoven. The two knowing each other could prove to be important, but so far that did not have any kind of influence.
Sergej is still Lazio’s player and the reason why he will not sign for United – or any other club for that matter – right now, is because the World Cup is ahead of us. That tournament could be a chance for the whole world to see what kind of talent Sergej really is. If he is to play a good tournament, his price will continue growing and then a transfer of 100+ million pounds could be on the cards.
Why should Man United go for him and spend 80-100 millions? Well, he is 23 and will continue getting better. And he is spectacular right now, playing some incredible football in Italy. The other reason? Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is probably the best technical 6ft4 midfielder you are going to see in some time. The fact that he is strong and powerful, but also elegant with the ball and can take on players makes him one of the most all-round type of players.
He scored 13 goals and made six assists in all competitions this season for Lazio. Once again this weekend he produced for his Lazio and right now he looks as one of the most exciting players on the continent.
Manchester United would be foolish not to try and get him if they can, especially as SMS – as his nickname goes – would tick so many boxes in a Jose Mourinho team. He is tall, strong and energetic, but also could play more expansive football. Sure, he can still improve his passing in certain situations, but at 23, getting a player with this many different qualities is something that any team would want to have.
In the end, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is still not the Manchester United player. But he has all the qualities he needs to become one, should the club really go for him.