24-year-old Man United transfer target decided to remain in Italy

Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has spoken about his failed move to the Old Trafford for the first time since the transfer window in England slammed shut. The 24-year-old midfielder was linked with the Red Devils as a potential replacement for Real Madrid target Paul Pogba and numerous others, though a deal never materialised.

Perhaps Pogba staying put had something to do with that, but Sergej’s comments now suggest he’s happy where he is and focused on doing well with the Eagles. Responding to the links with Man United, in particular, Milinkovic-Savic said that saga is now over with the English transfer window closing.

“The English transfer market is over, so the story about me moving to Old Trafford is also over,” he told Espresso. “I wasn’t too nervous about everything that was written. I was focused on preparing for the coming campaign in the best possible way. “I’m where I am, and I don’t miss anything, and I’m working.

This doesn’t necessarily rule out a future move, but some Man United supporters may well take Serbian midfielder’s words as sounding a little cynical and like he wants to put links with the club firmly behind him.

As ever, time will tell, and it would not be at all surprising to see the 24-year-old midfielder linked with the Red Devils and other big clubs again before long, while a move to another European club this transfer window still can’t be ruled out as most European leagues are still able to sign footballers for a little longer.