Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has said he doesn't care about reported interest from clubs like Manchester United and remains content with the Rome club as he continues to gather attention in Serie A.
The two-time Serbia international spoke to Italian broadcaster Mediaset Premium after Lazio drew 3-3 with Atalanta on Sunday (h/t Metro): "I play for Lazio, and I don’t care who came to watch me. I play for Lazio, and I am happy here."
Milinkovic-Savic moved to the Stadio Olimpico from Belgian outfit Genk in July 2015 and has steadily built momentum as one of the Italian top-flight's most highly rated playmakers, although this term has seen him climb to new heights.
The 22-year-old has scored seven goals and recorded two assists in 21 appearances across all competitions this season and recently earned high praise from BT Sport commentator Adam Summerton for his display against Sampdoria:
Adam Summerton @adamsummerton
Milinković-Savić a class act. A goal and an assist tonight, but it’s his all round game that impresses the most. #SampLazio2017-12-3 21:44:58
According to Metro, United manager Jose Mourinho has "instructed United to make a £95 million move" for Milinkovic-Savic, that being the figure it would supposedly take to convince the Eagles to let go of their man.
Football Radars recently illustrated the attributes Milinkovic-Savic would bring to Old Trafford should he arrive, and despite his 6'4" frame, the puppeteer boasts staggeringly quick feet and fine dribbling ability:
Football Radars @FussballRadars
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic - Serie A 17/18 [for @ScoutedFtbl] https://t.co/SJAA1mMpUh2017-11-15 19:15:00
Lazio's emerging hero also has a penchant for netting at crucial times. In October, he scored two and assisted another in a 3-1 win over Nice in the UEFA Europa League, while all five of his Serie A goals have come in games decided by one goal or fewer (three wins and one draw).
It's no shock Lazio are willing to hold out for such a massive fee for the player, either, when considering he has four-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract, which isn't due to expire until 2022.
Add to that the fact Milinkovic-Savic seems happy to remain in the Italian capital, and it makes United's prospective job of tempting him away from his Serie A setting all the harder.
That being said, blogger Liam Canning recently bemoaned the Red Devils' need for a player fitting his description, taking note of the pressure placed on summer signing Nemanja Matic since his arrival:
Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning
Nemanja Matić has been sensational since coming into the team, but he cannot do it all on his own. Manchester United have to bring in another central midfielder that is top quality. Leon Goretzka / Sergej Milinković-Savić will do!2017-12-17 16:25:00
The Red Devils will likely look to splurge once again this coming summer after watching rivals Manchester City run away with the Premier League lead so far this term.
As things stand, it seems they may need to convince their target a move to Manchester is the right one for him, with the climate of Italy's capital seemingly well-suited to Milinkovic-Savic's needs.