United quoted huge Milinkovic-Savic price as Barcelona chase Pogba

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Manchester United backed out of negotiations for Milinkovic-Savic after learning about Lazio's financial demands earlier in the summer but with Paul Pogba's future under renewed focus, there is talk the club could revisit the case this week.

A new centre-back appears top of the priority list for the former Chelsea boss but the news about Pogba could see him act with a big move to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

"Milinkovic-Savic is the best young player in the world and has huge potential to improve further", Lotito told Corriere dell Sera.

"I have not received any official offers either from Milan or Juventus, let alone from Real or United".

"Of course I do not want to sell, but if you asked me how much he is worth, I will remind you that past year I refused a €110 million offer".

Milinkovic-Savic has played 94 times for Lazio since joining in 2015 and he scored 12 goals in 35 Serie A appearances last season as they finished fifth, just missing out on a Champions League place.

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Well aware of Pogba's commercial value and the difficulty in finding a replacement at such a late stage in the transfer window, United are said to have rejected Barca's offer. "€105 million?" said Lotito.

"Milinkovic-Savic is a dream for many teams, unfortunately right now dreaming about a player who is worth so much is not possible for us".

"And be clear, I'm not interested in technical counterparts or loan-type formulas".

Lazio have reportedly made a decision to keep Sergej Milinkovic-Savic at the club unless they receive an acceptable offer by the start of next week.

AC Milan director Leonardo, meanwhile, says his side have withdrawn their interest because of the asking price.

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