Lazio have told Manchester United that it will cost them more than €100 million if they are to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer.
The Serbian – who scored 14 goals for Lazio last season – has been heavily linked with a big money move to Old Trafford this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his midfield.
The Portuguese has already revealed that he will be signing at least one central midfielder this summer to replace Michael Carrick, and would also need to replace Marouane Fellaini should he continue to refuse to sign a new deal at the club.
United are thought to be close to securing a deal for Brazilian midfielder Fred, and while Milinkovic-Savic could follow him to the Premier League runners up, Lazio owner Claudio Lotito has said United will need to break their transfer record to land him :
“I turned down €110m (£95m) for Milinkovic-Savic on August 29,” said Lotito.
“So I don’t know how much he is worth now, but I can tell you €100m isn’t enough.
“I get angry when I read people call Lazio a supermarket. I’ve never put anyone up for sale. In the past they wouldn’t even knock on the door, clubs would just come and take, but now they have to ask for permission.”
Meanwhile, Lazio sporting director Igli Tare claims he is open to selling at the right price, he insists no offers have been made.
“The failed Champions League qualification doesn’t change things. We know what we must do and must improve on,” Tare told Sky Sport Italia.
“We must put Simone Inzaghi in the condition to do well next season.
“We’re talking about a player who deserves this stage. We don’t want to talk about figures, the market isn’t based on ‘if’ and ‘maybe’.
“At this moment, we have yet to receive an offer and when it arrives we’ll decide what to do.”