Milinkovic-Savic is being targeted with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing a fight to keep Paul Pogba, who has made it clear he wants to leave the club with Real Madrid and Juventus interested.
According to Marca, Real Madrid will approach the Old Trafford giants before Thursday’s deadline in an attempt to sign Pogba for less than the £150m asking price.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has confirmed that the Serie A club are open to selling the Serbia international Milinkovic-Savic this summer.
Links with the Serbian follow on from a summer of uncertainty surrounding Pogba’s future. Back in the middle of June, the France international revealed that he wanted a ‘new challenge’.
The admission came off the back of a season of strained relationship between the Old Trafford faithful and Pogba last campaign, with the Frenchman a target of verbal abuse from fans following the 2-0 loss to Cardiff.
For the price being touted for his services, a move for Milinkovic-Savic would be very underwhelming, especially if it meant Pogba would leave the club.
Last season, Pogba trumped the Serbian in every offensive category, including shots, key passes, dribbles and fouls won per game (via WhoScored). His attacking quality was key for the club as he scored the most goals and contributed the most assists at the club. To let him go for someone who cannot fill the void would be a bad decision.
As well as his contributions, you can’t overlook Pogba’s experiences for both club and country. The 26-year-old has won multiple trophies at both Juventus and Manchester United, as well as lifting the World Cup with France in 2018.
Pogba has far too much quality and experience to be sold, especially if his replacement is not good enough. Any potential replacement needs to be able to carry the north-west club, and Milinkovic-Savic’s statistics have shown he could struggle to do that.
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