MANCHESTER UNITED must break their own British transfer record to land Lazio striker Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Italian side will demand more than £100million for the Serbian forward, a price which is beyond all but the world’s richest clubs.
Such a fee would eclipse the £90m that United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in 2016, still a record purchase for a British club.
United are tipped to battle it out this summer with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for Milinkovic-Savic, 22.
But sources have dismissed reports in Italy that a mystery club already has an offer on the table for Lazio of nearly £160m, plus £18m in add-on clauses.
Milinkovic-Savic is well aware of all the interest in him and said: “I’m happy at Lazio and am feeling good here for now, but then we will have to see.”
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Milinkovic-Savic has also been followed by Manchester City. For their part Real remain keen despite their liking for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and, maybe, Tottenham’s Dele Alli.
The player’s fee appears to spiralling day by day.
Lazio director Igli Tare told Mediaset Premium: “Over the summer we received, and rejected, an offer worth £62million for Milinkovic-Savic.
“We want to make Lazio a point of arrival for players rather than a stepping stone to bigger clubs.
“We have a lot of work to do, but that is our objective.
“The team was built to achieve certain objectives and from now until the end of the season, there will be no more transfer market distractions.
“Rumours in the media are part of the profession and you must learn to live with them.
“We want to win the Coppa Italia and qualify for the Champions League.
“We won’t snub the Europa League, but the principle target must be a top four finish in Serie A.”