Lazio president Claudio Lotito recently claimed that any fee would be £100m for the Serbia international. With the player only signing a new contract in Rome this summer, the Biancocelesti are in a position to demand an extortionate fee for their prize asset.
United scouts have kept tabs on the midfielder as he stars in Lazio’s Serie A challenge for the Champions League places. With the Italians also through to the last 32 in the Europa League, a January deal seems extremely unlikely.
Milinkovic-Savic’s rise has been little short of phenomenal. Signed for £16m from Genk two years ago, he is now one of the continent’s most keenly admired players. He earned his first Serbia caps in the autumn friendlies against China and South Korea.
Juventus and Manchester City have both been watching the player extensively but United are stealing an early march in the race for his signature.
United’s hierarchy told Mourinho to cut the wage bill ahead of next summer but are showing a willingness to back the manager as they seek to win their first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.