Jose Mourinho desperate to sign Serie A midfield powerhouse

By: Snehanjan Banerjee
Jose Mourinho wants to add Serie A midfield powerhouse to his Manchester United squad

Bengaluru, December 7: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sent scouts to watch Lazio's highly-rated midfielder Sergej-Milinkovic Savic in action as per reports in Italy.

The 22-year-old was watched in action by the eagle-eyed scouts of the Red Devils as his side grabbed a dramatic 2-1 win over Sampdoria at the weekend.

Mourinho must have received a brilliant report about his target after the young Serb was the star of the show in the game as Lazio made a late comeback.

With Lazio 1-0 behind with 11 minutes to go, the young talent pounced on a loose ball in the box to fire his side level. However, he was far from finished.

In the dying momentsof the match, Savic made a darting run through the midfield before playing a killer pass into the path of his team-mate as Felipe Caciedo who fired in the winner for Lazio.

The 22-year-old has been impressive throughout the season in Lazio colours and Manchester United are not the only big team in his pursuit.

Liverpool and Manchester City are long-term admirers of the midfield general while Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be keen on the Serbian midfielder.

At the moment, Juventus look like the most likely destination of the 22-year-old but things could definitely change as Manchester United can offer the youngster a much better package than that of the Serie A champions.

Lazio's sporting director Igli Tare recently confirmed the club had received several huge offers, but were under no pressure to sell.

He said: "We have received offers from him, some of which are way over £60million. However, none have come from Juventus.

"He signed a new contract six months ago and this means he's happy here."

The player's agent, and former Chelsea striker Matej Kezman, has already admitted that the Red Devils are interested in his client.

In September he wrote: "There's been a lot of interest from several clubs, such as those in Madrid, Manchester and Milan.

"It's difficult to see him away from Lazio, where he has started the season very well, but I can't rule out him leaving."

Story first published: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 10:12 [IST]
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