City boss Guardiola has been impressed with reports that he has received about the Serbian as is his opposite number at Old Trafford Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese had the player watched last weekend when Lazio beat Genoa 3-2 and will continue to keep tabs on him for the rest of the season.

Manchester United boss Mourinho is ready to make Milinkovic-Savic a leading target for his spending next summer and is determined to make sure Guardiola misses out.