Manchester United have been given hope in their pursuit of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as Lazio’s president admits he would struggle to keep the midfielder this summer.
United explored the possibility of signing Milinkovic-Savic last year but the club were put off by the 24-year-old’s €100 million (£87.4m) asking price.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market for a new central midfielder this summer as he looks to fill the void left by Ander Herrera, who left on a free transfer to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Earlier this month, reports claimed that United had held initial talks with Lazio to discuss a deal for Milinkovic-Savic.
And the Serie A club’s president Claudio Lotito has suggested the Serbia international could be on the move.
‘We’ve created a glasshouse, where it’s understood that people can’t be forced to perform their roles in an environment where they feel cramped,’ Lotito told Corriere dello Sport.
‘Milinkovic has shown sincerity and responsibility, so that isn’t the case with him. He feels good here.
‘Last year I managed to resist the assaults of other clubs, but this year I’d have fewer weapons if a different solution was proposed to the player.
‘Let’s say that I used up some of my weapons last year.’