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Manchester United have agreed a €90million (£80m) deal with Lazio for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.
Michael Carrick’s impending retirement and the likely departure of contract rebel Marouane Fellaini means Jose Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his midfield engine room.
The Premier League giants were initially reluctant to meet the Serie A side’s asking price but with several other European heavyweights monitoring the 23-year-old, United have opted to break the bank to sign one of their primary summer targets, according to The Sun.
Savic is seen as the ideal foil for compatriot Nemanja Matic, who Metro understands is being considered as a potential club captain next season, along with David de Gea.
United spent £140m last summer and Mourinho will be handed a similar amount plus any fees from player sales to reinvest this time around.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind could raise as much as £60m in transfer fees, while Anthony Martial alone could command close to £50m.