Serbia’s midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has long been a target for Manchester United, and his performances in the World Cup will have done his chances of a move no harm.
Although Serbia failed to qualify for the knockout rounds in a tough group, the midfield general put in solid displays that will show Jose Mourinho what he could bring the Red Devils.
Milinkovic-Savic signed for Lazio in 2015 and has gone on to make 94 appearances for the Italian club, scoring 17 goals.
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Speaking after Serbia’s elimination from the tournament, Milinkovic-Savic said that he wasn’t thinking about a move yet as he needs a rest first, according to Italian news outlet Mediaset.
Standing at 6ft4, the 23-year-old midfield colossus controls the game and seems to cover the whole pitch, comfortable in both attacking and defensive situations.
His statistics from Serbia’s final group match against Brazil in which they lost 2-0 showed his dominance despite playing in a weak midfield against one of the best teams in the tournament.
Milinkovic-Savic registered two interceptions, four tackles and won two aerial battles, showing how he uses his physicality in the centre of the park and is adept at breaking up opposition play.
He also made five dribbles and had a passing success rate of 80 per cent which demonstrates his comfort on the ball, an essential trait for Manchester United players, especially when you consider the quality of the opposition.
Although the Serbian midfielder won’t come cheap, being valued at £81million on Transfermarkt, he is showing every sign that he has the technique and physicality to succeed in the Premier League.