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Speaking in a pre-match press conference (as quoted by Football Italia), Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi has admitted that Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be allowed to leave the club this summer as long as an “important offer” arrived.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that United are very much interested in bringing the Serbia international to Old Trafford, and that the midfielder himself wished to leave Lazio.
Now, the Italian side’s manager has confirmed that whilst he would like Milinkovic-Savic to stay, he wouldn’t stand in his way if offers were to arrive.
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He said: “My thoughts are that I’d like Milinkovic-Savic to stay, but I also believe the club has to consider offers when they come in and then make a decision. We know that if he was to leave, we’d have some important shoes to fill. I hope he remains, he had a great pre-season training camp, but the market is open and we are ready for any situation.
“Milinkovic is 24-years-old now, he’s no longer a kid. I can give him advice, he is at our disposal and hasn’t missed a training session, but then I don’t know what will happen. I hope he stays. If an important offer arrives, it is only right that the club take it into consideration.”
As the transfer deadline approaches, United are running out of time to get their act together and start making serious moves in the transfer market. The early deals for Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka got things going, but it has been relatively slow progress at Old Trafford since then.
Clubs are far less likely to want to do business with the deadline approaching, and would be keen on leaving themselves enough time to secure a replacement themselves. Dithering on an offer for Milinkovic-Savic would simply create more problems than it needs to, and United are not exactly in a position to keep adding to the transfer stresses they already have with the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
Inzaghi’s comments are essentially a plea to United to get the ball rolling and is perhaps the first step in the midfielder eventually ending up at Old Trafford. Now it’s United’s turn to make their move.