Manchester United reportedly tried all their best to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the summer but all their efforts were fruitless.

It was believed that the attacking midfielder was seen as the best player to step into the vacuum that would have been created if Paul Pogba had completed his switch to Real Madrid before the start of the campaign.

Though reports linking the player to the Theatre of Dreams have since died down, it is not impossible that the player could be among United’s transfer wish-list in the next summer window.

However, Chelsea are reportedly keeping close tabs on the playmaker as they continue to hope that FIFA’s transfer will be lifted.

According to TMW, Frank Lampard sent his scouts to run the rule over the Serbian international during Lazio’s Europa League clash with Celtic on Thursday.

The Italy-based media claimed that Milinkovic-Savic will cost the Stamford Bridge outfits nothing less than £70m in the summer if the ban is lifted.

The Blues currently remain ineligible to sign new players after receiving an 18-month transfer sanction from the world’s governing body.

They are already appealing the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and their lawyers are reportedly confident about their chances of winning the case.


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