Man United fall behind rivals in transfer race with £107m bid imminent

AC Milan are preparing a whopping £107m transfer package for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as they look to beat Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus to the midfielder’s signature.

Reports in Italy suggest the Rossoneri are willing to offer Lazio an initial £35.6m loan fee, with an option to sign the 23-year-old permanently later on for a top-up fee of £71.2m.

If the proposal is accepted, it would come as a blow to United and Chelsea, both of whom were said to be interested in adding Milinkovic-Savic to their ranks.

According to La Stampa , Lazio’s Serie A rivals Juventus remain keen, but have yet to put together anything to rival the package set to be offered by Milan.

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Milinkovic-Savic, nicknamed ‘The Sergeant’, enjoyed an impressive season for Lazio last term, scoring 12 goals in 35 league appearances.

Generally, he caught the eye with a string of all-action displays in the heart of midfield.

Jose Mourinho was said to be lining up a move for the player, who represented his country at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

He has since signed Brazilian midfielder Fred, but with Paul Pogba’s immediate future unclear, he could be left with a space to fill.

Chelsea were also reported to be keen, with Calciomercato suggesting the Blues could offer Charly Musonda in a part-exchange deal.

However, AC Milan now appear to have moved ahead in the pursuit.

The club, who this week signed Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus, would be seen as serious title contenders if manager Gennaro Gattuso seals a deal for Milinkovic-Savic.

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