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Manchester United In Contention To Sign Lazio Star: What Could That Mean For The Red Devils?

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Manchester United have delved into the transfer market this summer with big plans. After starting the season in an uninspiring manner, they have pulled themselves back and now are in a position to finish the term on a high note. Most importantly, what Ole Gunnar Solskjær has done is instil the belief among the fans that with a little bit of help from the board, this United team could challenge for silverware.

The latest report is a step in that direction. Marca states that the Red Devils are in contention to sign Sergej Milinković-Savić from Lazio, although French champions PSG are also interested in his services. It further adds that Lazio would demand €100 million for their prized possession.

What could he bring to United?

The 25-year-old, in his five years with the Serie A side, has established himself as one of the better midfielders of the league. After signing from Genk in 2015, the Serbian has been a prolific player and the anchor of the Lazio midfield. What Milinković-Savić could bring to the table for United is his vision.

His ability to read the game is second to none in the Serie A side, and this has been an asset for his team. He has an eye for goal, scoring as many as 26 times in the Serie A from his 150 appearances. This attacking nature in Savić has made his managers deploy him at an attacking-midfield position at times, although he is most comfortable in the central-midfield slot.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 08: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United celebrates after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on March 08, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

At 1.91 metres, he has a certain physicality which gives him outstanding aerial ability. This character of his could be of use to the Mancunians in a league as physical as the Premier League. His passing and dribbling skills are also worth mentioning, making him an ideal man to be in the centre of the pitch. One aspect of his game that the Serbian ace can probably improve is his discipline, but being under the tutelage of a manager as calm as Solskjær, this facet of his game should improve.

How could he help the team?

Fred has been a decent performer for Man United this season as has been Scott McTominay. However, the future of Paul Pogba hangs in the balance with the French star still unsure about his future. Therefore, it makes sense for Ed Woodward to ensure that in the absence of Pogba, provided he decides to part ways with the club, is not felt, on and off the field.

Here, the acquisition of Milinković-Savić could do the trick, and the Lazio man could be the marquee signing for the team this season. However, in a post-COVID 19 world, the asking price of Lazio could ensure that eventually, the Red Devils cool off their interest in the star.

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