Jose Mourinho watches Sergej Milinkovic-Savic on Man United scouting trip

Aditya Devavrat 00:31 13/10/2018
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Lazio star: Milinkovic-Savic.

Jose Mourinho was spotted in the crowd during Serbia’s 2-0 win over Montenegro on Thursday, with The Sun claiming the Manchester United manager was in attendance specifically to scout Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

The Serbian midfielder was linked with a move to United in the summer, though negotiations between with the Serie A side did not progress once Lazio quoted a €100million price tag.

Milinkovic-Savic has since signed a new contract with the Rome club, but the 23-year-old remains one of the hottest prospects in Europe.

“I’m a Lazio player, but it’s obvious that I was pleased that a coach of his stature came to see the game,” Milinkovic-Savic said after the game, according to Calciomercato.it.

“I read a little bit everywhere he was here at the stadium to see me play, but that does not mean anything. Maybe he was not here for me, but for someone else.”

According to ESPN, former Real Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic is said to have invited Mourinho for the game, where Milinkovic-Savic impressed and bagged an assist.

Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, Milinkovic-Savic’s international team-mate, may also have been a person of interest for Mourinho, as United continue to look for defensive reinforcements.

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