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According to Italian publication La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), Manchester United remain interested in Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic.
Reports in recent months had suggested the Red Devils were interested in signing him in the summer as a potential alternative to Harry Maguire.
Now, La Repubblica reportedly claim that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still interested in securing his signature, with his current team valuing him at “over €40m (£34.2m)”. It adds that both United and Atletico Madrid have already moved for him and are following his progress, although Fiorentina are understood to be reluctant to let him go anytime in the near future.
In the summer, it was seemingly deemed a case of either Milenkovic or Maguire. But having ended up signing the latter for a world record fee for a defender, it may be the best time to revisit their interest in the Fiorentina defender.
Standing at an imposing 6 foot 5, the Serbia international would make for quite the physically intimidating partnership with Maguire. The duo would be massive units that opposition players may fear getting into a tussle with, and that could be the kind of psychological advantage that could pay huge dividends for the Red Devils.
Maguire’s current partner at Old Trafford, Victor Lindelof, has not been in the greatest form this season either. As per Whoscored, the Swede has an average match rating of just 6.62 in the Premier League – the lowest of any domestic campaign in his entire career. His tackling numbers have dropped from 1.3 to 0.8 per game, whilst his pass accuracy has similarly fallen by 4.1%.
It therefore makes United’s continued interest in Milenkovic perfectly understandable, and that should perhaps provoke them into taking transfer action on their long-term target.