Why Manchester United should not allow Chelsea to sign Milinkovic-Savic
As per reports, Chelsea are interested in Lazio ace Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Savic, 23, has been linked with a move away from Lazio in recent months due to his sizzling displays in Serie A, with Manchester United reportedly keen to sign him as well.
The 23-year-old also impressed at the World Cup despite his nation’s early exit in the group stage. New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri coached against the Serbian international during his time at Napoli and reportedly wants the midfielder after signing Jorginho from his former club.
Manchester United have cooled off their interest in Milinkovic-Savic due to Lazio’s demands but following Chelsea’s eagerness to sign the midfielder, should Jose Mourinho reignite his interest in the 23-year-old?
Absolutely! Despite bringing in Fred and persuading Marouane Fellaini to extend his stay at Old Trafford, Mourinho must not give up on Milinkovic-Savic. The Portuguese has his team’s midfield department heavily stacked but Milinkovic-Savic would offer something different at Old Trafford.
The Serbian has established himself as one of the most sought-after midfielders across Europe. Due to his dazzling displays with Lazio and later at the World Cup in Russia, Milinkovic-Savic has become a hot property. The midfielder emerged as the star man for the Italian outfit, netting 12 goals and providing 3 assists in 35 appearances that propelled Lazio to a respectable fifth-place in Serie A this past season.
Speaking about his style of play, Milinkovic-Savic is an all-action midfielder who can either operate as a No.10 or in central midfield. But the 23-year-old is usually at his best when operating behind the striker as it enables him to showcase his playmaking abilities and create chances for his teammates.
Blessed with a penchant for creativity as well as defensive awareness, Savic is a goalscoring midfielder. Standing at 6ft 3in, the 23-year-old is a strong, powerful and robust player who is a master of taming high balls and regularly capable of outsmarting opponents with his old-school flicks and tricks.
Milinkovic-Savic is an out-and-out dribbler with a fantastic technique, always looking for the killer pass between the defenders. Apart from being blessed aerially, the Serbian is also creative and can constantly knit together his team’s attacking moves.
Milinkovic-Savic is famous for his involvement in the final third and his passing accuracy is quite impressive as well. He possesses all the attributes to be a hit in the Premier League and signing him would allow Mourinho to utilise him in a three-man midfield formation alongside the likes of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba, providing the latter with the freedom to exert his influence in the attack freely.
Should United let go of Milinkovic-Savic, the Serbian midfield enforcer would certainly be lured away by Chelsea as Sarri prepares a team capable of mounting a significant title challenge next season. A central midfield featuring Milinkovic-Savic, N’Golo Kante and new signing Jorginho could make Chelsea serious Premier League contenders once again.
Keeping that in mind, it would be a big blunder if United allow their direct rivals, Chelsea, to sign Milinkovic-Savic. Hence, Mourinho must sign the Serbian in an attempt to strengthen his own team and also stop his rivals from doing so.