Lazio president Claudio Lotito has suggested that he will allow Manchester united target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to leave the club this summer.
Manchester United were one of a number of clubs interested in the Serbia international last summer, along with Serie A giants Juventus and AC Milan. However, Lazio’s asking price in excess of €100 million saw him stay on in the Italian capital.
United are said to be interested once again this summer, with reports in Italy saying a £72m (€80m) bid has been lodged by the Old Trafford outfit, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to revamp his midfield.
Now, Signore Lotito has suggested that the 24-year-old would be allowed to leave if he wants to, saying he never forces a player to stay against their will.
“Milinkovic-Savic? We have created a glass house and understood that people cannot be forced to play their role in an environment where they feel restricted. This is not the case with Sergej,” he told Corriere dello Sport.
“He showed great affection, responsibility and seriousness. It will depend on the events and not on the club. Last year I managed to reject the assaults, this year we could propose a matter of respect if the player were to propose a different solution.
“Lazio will never be weakened, but always strengthened, there is no doubt about this: it is our understanding.”