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Manchester United: Deal for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic agreed pending one condition

Manchester United: Deal for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic agreed pending one condition - Latest News

Manchester United are thought to be closing in on a deal for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer, according to a report by Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness).

The Italian media outlet claim an agreement has been reached with SS Lazio for the midfielder worth €90million with €75m initially and €15m in bonuses (£81m made up of £67.5m and £13.5m).

However, they also state that although a deal can only be a few days away from happening, Manchester United need to offload Paul Pogba first before it can be completed.

Milinkovic-Savic could be exactly the type of player that Manchester United need in their midfield moving forward. He is a box-to-box midfielder who can be shifted to holding or attacking midfield roles, meaning he would provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with some options to choose from.

Defensively, the 24-year-old is rather comfortable as he averaged 1.4 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game in 2018/19, but it is in the air where he has excelled, winning 3.6 aerial duels per match last season. However, compare those stats to fellow compatriot Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrara and there is some distance between them.

Matic recorded an average of 1.8 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game, whereas Herrera led the charts defensively for the Red Devils with an average of 2.5 tackles and 1.7 interceptions every 90 minutes. But, with the Spaniard gone, Matic could do with some additional help and his countryman could be the answer as his aerial game was a lot stronger – Herrera averaged just 0.2 wins whilst Matic averaged 2 per match.

As mentioned, Milinkovic-Savic is not shy of going forward either and can be rather productive. He scored seven goals and provided three assists in 41 games last season for Lazio, although that was down from the campaign before where he managed 14 goals and seven assists from 47 appearances. According to WhoScored, the Serbia international managed 1.5 key passes in his 31 Serie A outings in 2018/19.

And, that’s where losing Pogba for him could become a problem for Manchester United and Solskjaer.

The 26-year-old World Cup winner managed to bag himself 13 goals in his 35 Premier League matches last season and came away with figures such as 3 shots on average, 1.6 key passes and 2 fouls drawn per game, which led to him leading the attacking stats for the Red Devils.

Take that attacking element out of a side who finished fifth in terms of goals scored last season in the Premier League and with the added speculation around Romelu Lukaku’s future (who finished second in the goal charts with 12), it would be a rather risky move to let the midfielder go.

Milinkovic-Savic would appear to be an assured signing for Manchester United this summer and the fact that a deal appears to have been agreed is something that will likely generate a buzz around Old Trafford.

However, with it being suggested that Solskjaer may have to cut ties with Pogba in order for a transfer to go through, should leave those at the club with some thinking to do.

Despite the constant criticism the Frenchman gets thrown his way – indeed, the likes of Graeme Souness (in the Times, via the Express) and Roy Keane (on Sky Sports) – he has proved to be vital at crucial times for the club and his departure could outweigh the potential arrival of Milinkovic-Savic this summer.

Manchester United fans, do you think Milinkovic-Savic is worth bringing in at the expense of Pogba? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them below!

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