Manchester United are rumoured to be taking a step back from the winter transfer window, as Ralf Rangnick occupies his time focusing on the current players and his plans for an overhaul of the squad in the summer, with a question mark hanging over the future of one particular star and a replacement rumoured to be on the horizon.
Paul Pogba’s expiring contract has been a hot topic, as his agent made it clear that the player will move on in the summer, and Manchester United will be working hard to identify the right replacement to seamlessly fit into Rangnick’s side to fill the hole the World Cup-winning Frenchman will leave if he does depart Old Trafford in a few months time.
One player who has been touted with the club is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has recently been linked with a move to the North West club according to Calciomercato.
Last week it was reported that Manchester United are leading the race to sign the Serbian international from his current club, Lazio and it seems like he could be the perfect replacement for Pogba when and if he does leave the club this summer.
The Serie A midfielder was hailed by Parma sporting director, Demetrio Albertini who once said:
“Milinković-Savić has the characteristics of a great champion; he has extraordinary elegance.”
According to One Versus One, the £63m-rated star is the number one for assists and is third for the most accurate key passes in the Serie A, as well as scoring seven of his own goals already this season in all competitions.
This kind of output is something that is greatly needed at Old Trafford right now, with the club expectations to secure Champions League football. However, the side has scored less goals than any top-four team, and at least 15 fewer goals than any of the top three in the Premier League, which as a result has seen the side unable to climb into a position to finish with qualification for Champions League football so far, sitting currently in 8th.
Despite the quiet transfer window so far, there is no doubt that Rangnick will be working on finding players like Milinkovic-Savic ahead of next season, who can join the side and make an instant impact.
Sadly, it looks unlikely that the German coach will look for quick fixes halfway through, so fans will have to hope that their current squad can pull it together to see out the season.
Either way, the Serb would certainly be an exceptional replacement for Pogba if he departs.
In other news: Rangnick could axe Bailly in the January transfer window