Erik ten Hag has been clamoring to sign Frenkie de Jong to an Old Trafford contract in the next weeks and months. However, the Red Devils' pursuit of the Dutch midfielder has been futile thus far, with the Red Devils appearing like they'll fall short.
Other options must be examined sooner rather than later. Manchester United have been linked to signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic by Calciomercato in the previous 24 hours.
For the past five summers, the Serbian has been spoken in the same breath with Manchester United, so it wouldn't be a typical Red Devils transfer window without it, right?
Because of their unsuccessful pursuit of Frenkie De Jong, according to Calciomercato, Manchester United are now focusing on the 27-year-old midfielder.
Lazio's asking price of £60m (€70m) in cash hasn't changed as a result, but a move for Milinkovic-Savic has re-emerged.
The story says that "manoeuvres behind the scenes" are taking place, with United launching a "assault" to try and secure a deal. However, nothing formal has occurred.
Although Milinkovic-Savic isn't actively looking for a new club, Lazio might let him go for the right price should the opportunity arise. If he doesn't sign a new contract with the Serie A club, the transfer value will never be bigger than it is now.
This summer, Manchester United must get a new midfielder. Both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic have left the club. To go into the campaign without a wide range of senior possibilities in such an important role appears to be a terrible idea. United must get a center of some sort, whether it's Milinkovic-Savic, De Jong, or another candidate.
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