Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi says that while he wants Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to stay, they must take offers into consideration.The Serbia international midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since last summer, and reports suggest a deal between United and Lazio is near to completion.Inzaghi would like to see the 24-year-old remain in the ranks at the Stadio Olimpico, but with a fee of £90 million ($111m) mooted he knows his club may have to cash in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “My thoughts are that I’d like Milinkovic-Savic to stay,” the former Lazio forward told the press. “But I also believe the club has to consider offers when they come in and then make a decision.“Milinkovic is 24 years old now, he’s no longer a kid. I can give him advice, he is at our disposal and hasn’t missed a training session, but then I don’t know what will happen.“I hope he stays.”This is the second summer of speculation regarding the Serb’s potential transfer to the Premier League giants.Last summer Milinkovic-Savic was thought to be on the verge of a move, only for it to fall through at the final hurdle and Lazio president Claudio Lotito has said it would be more difficult to keep the player this summer.His current head coach is under no illusions about the issue of finding a replacement for Milinkovic-Savic, who has 22 goals in 125 Lazio appearances.“We know that if he was to leave, we’d have some important shoes to fill,” Inzaghi added.“I hope he remains, he had a great pre-season training camp, but the market is open, and we are ready for any situation.“If he were to leave, we’d need a physical player to come in the midfield. Purchases are targeted and chosen together with the club, we have sat down and talked calmly.“If an important offer arrives, it is only right the club take it into consideration.”If Milinkovic-Savic does arrive in Manchester it might pave the way for Paul Pogba to head for the exit door.The two players share a similar playing style and Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and is reportedly agitating for the transfer to go through.
In January, Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) arrested five men, four of whom were formerly with the LTTE. They reportedly plotted to kill Mr. Sumanthiran, a Tamil National Alliance MP who has been a key negotiator, along with Leader of Opposition and TNA leader R. Sampanthan, engaging the government on Tamils’ expectations. Rajapaksa – who spoke to newspersons in Anuradhapura – said while in power he had rehabilitated around 12,000 LTTE members. However, his government often pointed to a possible revival of the LTTE and justified the heavy surveillance and military presence prevalent in the north and east. After unseating Sri Lanka’s former strongman in the January 2015 presidential elections, President Maithripala Sirisena promised to address concerns over militarisation. His government has since returned some land formerly held by the army in the north and east. While the degree of obvious surveillance appears to have lessened in the last two years, apprehensions over militarisation linger.The recent arrest of the former LTTE cadre, which prompted Mr. Rajapaksa’s remarks, has evoked strong reactions from other politicians in the south as well. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused the Government of dropping its guard on the LTTE by scaling down intelligence operations in the island’s Tamil-majority north and east, The Hindu newspaper reported.Commenting on the recent arrest of four ex-LTTE members, for allegedly plotting to assassinate Tamil legislator M.A. Sumanthiran, the two-time President said: “They [Maithripala Sirisena government] removed military camps and reduced the level of intelligence operations. Now they are seeing the results of that irrational action,” according to a PTI report on Wednesday. Days after news about the alleged plot broke, Cabinet Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, a prominent politician in the Sinhala-nationalist Jathika Hela Urumaya (National Heritage Party), led largely by Buddhist monks, has said that the 12,000 former LTTE members who were rehabilitated should be arrested in the interest of the “island’s security”.Cautioning against such “hurried conclusions”, Northern Provincial Council member M. K. Sivajilingam told the media that the government must undertake a thorough investigation to probe the alleged assassination plot targeting Mr. Sumanthiran. It was important to find sound evidence, rather than hurriedly blaming the LTTE, he said.A Tamil leader being targeted, reportedly with explosives, was a matter of “serious concern” in Sri Lanka’s post-war context, he said, adding that such developments could be a major setback to ongoing efforts [towards a political solution]. “President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should soon inform the parliament about the actual situation to prevent speculation and fear-mongering,” he told The Hindu. (Colombo Gazette)