The scouting team of Barcelona did not lose sight of the 23-year-old midfielder, born in Lleida but the price has soared and the Catalan giants prefer to go for other transfer objectives.
Barça will not forget Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the young Serbian international, who plays for Lazio.
The footballer, born in Lleida, 23 years ago, has completed an incredible season with the Roma club under the guidance of Simone Inzaghi. He has scored 11 goals and has given six assists despite the fact that theoretically, he is a midfielder, although he has a lot of offensive projection.
The main problem is that their quotation has skyrocketed, as Juventus has been able to confirm, which has been the last club to be interested in the son of the former UD Lleida player, Nikola Milinkovic.
In addition, his brother Vanja is also a professional footballer who plays in the Torino Serie A and is a goalkeeper.
Lazio opted for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and took all of his tickets he shared with the Belgian club Genk who had signed him from Vojvodina de Novi Sad (Serbia).
Barça has long been in control of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. In fact, they saw him before he took the leap of quality last season in which he has become the target of great European clubs among which would include Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea and, mainly, the two Manchester clubs with United being the frontrunner.
The own Robert Fernandez, technical secretary barcelonista, has seen him in action on several occasions, coinciding also with the monitoring that the Barça has done to the Dutch central Stefan de Vrij.
In any case, to a recognizing the value of the Serbian, the Blaugrana set has opted without hesitation for the Brazilian Arthur whom they consider much more appropriate for the team game of Ernesto Valverde and, which, moreover, is much more affordable.
The Italians value Milinkovic-Savic at around 80 million euros, an amount Manchester United is prepared to meet