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Manchester United’s interest in Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic spells trouble for Victor Lindelof

It seems Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to fix Manchester United’s defensive issues in the January transfer window…

What’s the word?

According to CalcioMercato, the Red Devils are among a host of clubs eyeing a move for Fiorentina versatile defender Nikola Milenkovic next month and the Serie A outfit are open to offloading him if they receive an offer in the region of €35m-40m (£35m).

It’s claimed they could become embroiled in a bidding war for the centre-half as he has also attracted interest from AC Milan, Inter and Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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Milenkovic has established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe, providing two goals and one assist in Serie A this season so far, via WhoScored.

Bye-bye Victor Lindelof

With United linked with a move for the Serbia international, Victor Lindelof could find himself heading for the Old Trafford exit.

The Swede has become somewhat of a marmite figure amongst the fan base as he has suffered from an inconsistent run of form in recent years.

Harry Maguire is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice at the back but questions still remain over who should partner him in the heart of the defence.

Lindelof has assumed the role as part of Solskjaer’s preferred defensive pairing, having played 12  games in the Premier League so far this season, via Transfermarkt.

But that’s primarily due to a lack of other options rather than anything else as his performances at the back have been shaky at best to say the least.

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Bringing in Milenkovic, who plays in a similar position, would undoubtedly push him one step closer to the exit.

Diehard United fans may be well acquainted with the Serbian after he kept Cristiano Ronaldo in his back pocket during the 3-0 victory over Juventus before the Christmas break. As per SofaScore, he blocked two shots, made two clearances and two interceptions to ensure Fiorentina kept their first clean sheet in Serie A since the draw with Parma at the Ennio Tardini Stadium.

Per WhoScored, he is averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 3.1 clearances per game in the Italian top flight so far this season, so perhaps he could fill the void United have arguably failed to fill ever since Rio Ferdinand left the club.

He has also been likened to club legend and his fellow countryman Nemanja Vidic, which is certainly high praise indeed, and suggests he is exactly the calibre of player United need to shore up their leaky defence, having conceded more goals than Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea this season so far.

AND in other news, former Hull City striker Dean Windass has told Solskjaer to sell a Manchester United “liability”

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