Italian source refuses to rule Chelsea out of running for Man Utd target

Date published: Wednesday 7th April 2021 4:12 - Samuel Bannister

Nikola Milenkovic Udinese v Fiorentina February 2021

Chelsea have joined the ever-growing list of suitors for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports.

Milenkovic has established himself as one of the best defenders outside the Serie A elite in his time with Fiorentina. With his contract expiring in 2022, his current club may be forced to cash in on him this summer. It could provide him with the opportunity to test himself at a bigger club.

The Premier League could be a potential destination for Milenkovic. He is admired by Tottenham, for example, but links with Liverpool and Manchester United seem to have cooled.

He now has another suitor in the shape of Chelsea, though. According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Blues have joined the race to sign him.

Chelsea strengthened their defence with the addition of Thiago Silva on a free transfer in the summer. The former PSG captain only signed a one-year deal, though.

Silva could extend that stay by a further year, but either way, Chelsea will soon need to find a longer-term solution. At the age of 23, Milenkovic could be an ideal candidate.

Mainly a centre-back but also able to cover as a right-back, Milenkovic has the potential to succeed in the Premier League. What’s more, it is believed that his preference is to join an English team.

Who that will be is not yet clear. However, Chelsea are now in contention.

The report from TMW also insists that Liverpool and Man Utd remain in the running, despite claims to the contrary elsewhere.

Milenkovic’s agent is now working to find the best solution for his client.

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Chelsea ready offer for Serie A star

Milenkovic is not the only player who could switch Serie A for Stamford Bridge this summer.

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is a target for Chelsea ahead of the expiry of his contract in June. It has been reported that he has turned down their latest offer of a renewal.

Therefore, Donnarumma is likely to be on the move, and could help Chelsea. Despite Edouard Mendy impressing in his debut season, the Blues don’t want to miss the chance to sign the Italian on a free.

Hence, director Marina Granovskaia has put an offer to his agent Mino Raiola. Donnarumma and Raiola could both receive large fees as a result.

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