MANCHESTER UNITED is said to be in the key position to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic valued at £67m.
But they could be dealt a blow as the Lazio midfielder would rather join Real Madrid.
Based on Il Messnticro, the Serie A team knew they needed to sell this summer to bring in new players.
And their star midfielder could be used to raise funds as fans are warned to enjoy him while he is still at the Stadio Olimpico.
Milinkovic-Savic, 26, has been a long-term target of numerous clubs across Europe with United particularly interested for many years.
He joined Lazio from Genk in 2015 and has scored 54 goals in 270 appearances for the club.
This season, he has been in particularly strong form with seven goals and eight assists in 21 Serie A matches.
That has led coach Maurizio Sarri to describe the Serbian ace as one of the ‘best players he has worked with’.
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The Italian coach said: “I have coached many great players, but he is one of the best I have ever worked with.
“His progress over the last two months has been outstanding and he can really take that one step further in terms of quality.
“He used to lose the ball so cheaply, but now he plays with more determination.”
Lazio president Claudio Lotito hopes he can keep up his superb form for the rest of the season to be able to claim at least £67m in the summer.
But reports in Italy show Milinkovic-Savic’s relationship with Sarri has reached a buffer – put the Red Devils on red alert.
United are on the hunt for a new central midfielder to bolster their squad Amadou Haidara, Denis Zakaria and Ruben Neves are also linked.
But Lazio’s Italian rivals Juventus and Inter Milan are said to be monitoring Serb’s situation closely and could also make a dent.
However, the under-20’s 28-goal and 2015 World Cup winner has put his faith in a dream move to Real Madrid – if they approach.
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