In the event that a deal for Frenkie de Jong cannot be reached, Manchester United may quickly pursue Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as an alternative.
De Jong’s capture has been the subject of an ongoing saga for several weeks. Although it was successful in getting Barcelona to sell, getting the player to choose Greater Manchester over Catalonia has proven to be a difficult task.
To that end, it is said that Xavi, the manager of Barcelona, is making one final, desperate effort to convince De Jong to leave.
Erik ten Hag would suffer a severe setback if United were unable to sign their top target. He has made it clear that his top summer target is the former Ajax prodigy.
Nevertheless, Milinkovic-Savic might provide a brief glimmer of hope. Since the time of Jose Mourinho, United has been keeping an eye on the Lazio star. The inflated value of Lazio at the time made a deal always improbable.
Despite having two years left on his contract, the Biancocelesti are now ready to approve his sale. Therefore, a £60 million offer will convince them to sell.
To smooth things over, Milinkovic-Savic has made it known that he wants to sign with United before any other suitors, according to Tuttosport.
There are also rumours of interest from teams like Newcastle and Arsenal. The 20-time English champions are the only team the Serbian star is reportedly interested in joining, according to reports from his agent.