Lingard’s positional change means Man United don’t need Milinkovic-Savic

Manchester United have met with Lazio for talks over a move for Serbian international midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Italian outlet Il Messaggero, via TalkSport.

What’s the latest, then?

The report claims that representatives from Old Trafford have had a meeting with senior officials at the Italian giants with a view to beating Juventus and Real Madrid to the signature of the powerhouse midfielder.

The report also says that Lazio value the 6ft 4in tall star who played in all three of his country’s World Cup matches out in Russia this summer at a staggering £130m, which would shatter United’s transfer record.

The report also claims that figure is non-negotiable, but that the midfielder is considering his options this summer following Serbia’s elimination from this summer’s showpiece.

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Lingard could solve United’s midfield woes

Jesse Lingard has flourished in a deeper midfield role as England have rampaged into the semi-finals of the World Cup, showcasing a different side to his game, as he has previously been viewed as a winger or a number 10.

That serves to bolster Jose Mourinho’s central midfield options and combined with the arrival of Brazil international Fred, means that United do not really need to smash their transfer record for Milinkovic-Savic.

United’s defence is the area that is in need of more urgent surgery and at £130m, Ed Woodward should leave Juventus and Real Madrid to fight it out for the Serbian.