Euro Paper Talk: £35m Serie A centre-back wants Man Utd move

Date published: Friday 26th February 2021 12:37 - Robert McCarthy

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd manager

A Manchester United central defensive target is open to a summer switch to Old Trafford, while Jurgen Klopp will turn to LaLiga to boost Liverpool’s struggling frontline – both in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD DEFENSIVE TARGET OPEN TO MOVE

Manchester United appear to have been boosted in their chase for a new centre-back this summer, with Serbia star Nikola Milenkovic keen on a move.

The 23-year-old will be out of contract in the summer of 2022, with the latest reports suggesting that a £35m Old Trafford switch is on the cards.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains on the hunt for a new partner for Harry Maguire, with several big names linked with a move.

However, the name of Milenkovic keeps cropping up in what would be more of a bargain deal.

And according to Corriere dello Sport, the Viola are struggling to convince the player to pen a new contract, as he is tempted by a move to Manchester.

AC Milan have also been mentioned as suitors, but financial struggles at the San Siro appear to have scuppered their hopes.

A recent report by La Nazione (as cited by Fiorentina.it) claimed that a £35m fee had been set for Milenkovic to move on.

The Serbian star helped Fiorentina keep 10 clean sheets in Serie A last season, also notching five goals.

This campaign has been a different story, however, with the Viola down in 14th place in Serie A.

Milenkovic has netted twice, while Fiorentina have only had six shutouts in 21 league outings.

The need for more defensive recruits to bolster Solskjaer’s backline is evidenced by the fact that only Liverpool have a worst defensive record in the current top 10 in the Premier League.

And at 23, Milenkovic appears to offer better value than some of the older options United have been linked with.


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Man Utd target Eduardo Camavinga is willing to sign a new contract at Rennes but if it means making a future switch to Real Madrid. (AS)

Juventus want to sign Toronto FC starlet Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty. However, Man City, United and Chelsea have already begun talks to sign the 16-year-old. (Tuttosport)

Paris St-Germain and Inter Milan are interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. (Le Parisien)

Everton playmaker James Rodriguez wants to quit the club this summer, with Atletico Madrid ready to swoop. (Todofichajes)

Rafa Benitez is not interested in a potential return to Napoli, where Gennaro Gattuso is close to the axe. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

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