Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has developed into a better player than Paul Pogba, according to the Lazio midfielder’s agent.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City were linked with moves for Milinkovic-Savic during the January transfer window and the clubs are expected to revive their interest in the summer.
Recent reports claim Jose Mourinho is prepared to spent £80m to bring the Serbia international to Old Trafford, but United will face competition from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Milinkovic-Savic’s agent, Mateja Kezman, confirmed last week that there was substantial interest in his client from multiple Premier League clubs. But Kezman, a former Chelsea player, has now gone further with his praise of the Lazio midfielder, saying he can ‘become the most complete player on the planet’.
‘When Sergej came to Italy, he was compared with Pogba, because at that moment it was probably the easiest comparison to make in terms of characteristics,’ he told Mozzart Sport.
‘I do really respect Pogba, let’s be clear, and other players who can run and work for the team, but I think now Sergej has different and better qualities than Pogba.
‘Over the last six months, he has made enormous progress at Lazio. If he retains his health, he can become the most complete player on the planet.
‘He has remarkable attributes and you’ll not find another player in the world with that power, muscular strength and height combined with technique and tactical awareness.
‘He has the touch of a Brazilian and some of the things he does reminds me of Zinedine Zidane. He can score goals in a variety of ways and has a good head on his shoulders.
‘I’ve played with Arjen Robben, Frank Lampard and some of the best in Europe and I think Sergej can surpass them if he keeps this up. He could soon be a candidate for the Ballon d’Or.’
Speaking at the end of last month, 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic opened the door to a summer move from Lazio and admitted he is flattered by interest from top clubs.
‘It’s nice when people are talking about me,’ he said. ‘But I don’t place too much importance on these things. ‘I’m happy at Lazio and am feeling good here for now, but then we will have to see.’