MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly reached a “verbal agreement” with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Red Devils are understood to been keen on the £81million-rated man, but the proposed move hinges on whether Paul Pogba departs Old Trafford.
SunSport exclusively revealed that Real Madrid are ready to make a move for the World Cup winner – with United seeking £150million for the 26-year-old.
Milinkovic-Savic – who has allegedly already told his team-mates he is leaving this summer – would directly replace the Frenchman.
According to Corriere dello Sport, United have reached an agreement with former Chelsea flop Mateja Kezman – who represents Milinkovic-Savic as his agent.
They state that the Serbian held talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in London, with United willing to offer the player a five-year deal at the Theatre of Dreams.
No fee has yet been agreed between the two clubs, with Kezman to remain in the capital as both teams wait to see what happens with Pogba.
Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi recently revealed that he is desperate for Milinkovic-Savic to remain in Rome, but the club could be forced to sell him if a suitable offer comes in.
He said: “My thoughts are that I’d like Milinkovic-Savic to stay. But I also believe the club has to consider offers when they come in and then make a decision.
“Milinkovic is 24 years old now, he’s no longer a kid. I can give him advice, he is at our disposal and hasn’t missed a training session, but then I don’t know what will happen.
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“We know that if he was to leave, we’d have some important shoes to fill. I hope he remains, he had a great pre-season training camp, but the market is open, and we are ready for any situation.
“If he were to leave, we’d need a physical player to come in the midfield. Purchases are targeted and chosen together with the club, we have sat down and talked calmly.
“If an important offer arrives, it is only right the club take it into consideration.”