An update has emerged on West Ham target Nikola Milenkovic, regarding Fiorentina’s asking price.
According to Italian outlet La Nazione, as relayed by Fiorentina Uno, Serie A side Fiorentina want a fee of £23m (€27m) for West Ham target Nikola Milenkovic. An unnamed club have had a £14m (€16m) rejected by Fiorentina, whilst Juventus are said to hold an interest in the defender.
Last month, Calcio Mercato reported that West Ham have identified the Serbian international as a potential signing this summer.
West Ham must pounce on this opportunity to sign Milenkovic and pay the £23m Fiorentina want for him ahead of next season. He could be a superb addition to David Moyes’ squad and there is seemingly fierce competition from other clubs, with an unnamed side already making an offer and Juventus keeping tabs on him, so the Hammers must act swiftly.
Gold and Sullivan need to sanction a deal for the centre-back quickly to avoid missing out on his signature to another club. If they can swoop in and secure an agreement with Fiorentina in the next few weeks, then it may not give the others a chance to sign him.
Milenkovic is an excellent young defender and could form an impenetrable partnership with Angelo Ogbonna at the London Stadium. Out of all of West Ham’s centre-backs in the Premier League last season, the Italian boasted the best WhoScored rating (6.73) and this suggests that any potential signing could be brought in to play alongside him, although Craig Dawson and Issa Diop may have something to say about that.
Former Inter and Serbia midfielder Dejan Stankovic once compared Milenkovic with Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic, going as far as to say as he is better in possession than the retired centre-back was.
“Milenkovic is better than Vidic with the ball at his feet, and he is much calmer on the field.
“He is the most talented centre-back Serbia have had since Vidic, and they definitely have one thing in common – both are fearless.”
This shows how highly-rated Milenkovic is and why he could be the dream signing to come in and partner Ogbonna at the back for Moyes in the Premier League.
He could be a quality player to start at centre-back for the London club next season and he has the potential to improve further at the age of 23. If all goes well, Milenkovic could be the side’s starting centre-back for the next decade, given that he is still in the early stages of his career.