Woodward poised to make opening £72m bid for Man Utd target
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is ready to submit his first offer for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.
The Serbian has been heavily linked with the Red Devils since last summer although the speculation has ramped up over the last week or so.
A report on Wednesday in Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that it has fallen on United to ‘convince’ the Italian club to sell for less than €120m (£108m) with Lazio president Claudio Lotito standing firm.
Milinkovic-Savic appeared to be all frowns at Lazio training on Tuesday with Gazzetta dello Sport adding that it ‘speaks volumes about his state of mind’ and that he risks remaining ‘a prisoner’ in Rome.
However, fresh reports in Sky in Italy now claim that United are poised to offer £72m for the Lazio midfielder despite the Italians holding out for £90m.
United have been linked with a number of midfielders this summer but speculation surrounding Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes has been the most persistent.
Meanwhile, United have reportedly made an enquiry over the possibility of signing Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina this summer.
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