Manchester United are intensifying their interest in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Mirror says United are preparing for Paul Pogba’s departure as they close in on a move for Milinkovic-Savic.
The Lazio midfielder is believed to be fine-tuning personal terms over a £70m transfer, with his agent flying into the UK to meet with United chiefs.
Reports in Italy claim they already have a deal in place – but it will only be activated if Pogba departs for Real Madrid .
The fact the Red Devils have seemingly already secured their contingency plan to replace their star midfielder suggests they believe he could be on his way out.
Pogba and his agent, Mino Raiola, have publicly voiced his desire to move on and take on a new challenge, with Real Madrid set to step up their pursuit.
United having a ready-made replacement waiting in the wings is a boost to their hopes, whilst Juventus have also been linked with a move.