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Lazio president admits struggles to retain Milinkovic-Savic

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Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has become more difficult for Lazio to hold into this summer, admits the club’s president Claudio Lotito.

Much like last year, Milinkovic-Savic’s Lazio future has been clouded in doubt amid strong interest from clubs from all over Europe.

The 24-year-old just keeps on impressing at the centre of the Lazio midfield, where he tends to operate as a box-to-box player on the left side and even ends up producing some neat through balls to the forwards.

Even at 6’3″, Milinkovic-Savic is surprisingly good in thigh spaces and is regarded as a rare talent in the football world.

So, it’s only natural that United have such a strong interest in the Serbia international. Although Serie A champions Juventus could tempt him into staying in Italy, while French giants Paris Saint-Germain are also keen.

“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.”

United have already had an alleged €80m offer for Milinkovic-Savic turned down by Lazio recently. Apparently, the Italian club will only consider parting with their star player for nothing less than €100m.

For United, unfortunately, they have to accept making an even bigger bid is necessary as Lazio have no reason to change their stance considering they have Milinkovic-Savic under contract until 2023.

AURONZO DI CADORE, ITALY – JULY 16: Francesco Acerbi, Marco Parolo and Sergej Milinkovic Savic of SS Lazio during the SS Lazio pre-season training camp on July 16, 2019 in Auronzo di Cadore, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)