Man Utd in pole position for €35m centre-back who ‘will go to England’

Date published: Monday 22nd February 2021 1:47 - Matthew Briggs

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Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic “will go to England” with Manchester United the top suitors for the centre-back, claims a report in Italy.

Milenkovic, 23, was regularly named as a target for United in July 2019, before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned to Harry Maguire.

Tottenham and Liverpool have been mentioned as suitors for the defender more recently, although La Nazione (via Inside Futbol) insist United’s interest remains.

The Serbia international is a man in demand with his contract running out in 2022. That of course means that Fiorentina will have just one summer transfer window left to cash in on the defender.

He has played more than 100 Serie A games for the Florence-based side. A contract renewal has not been mentioned and Corriere Fiorentino (via Sport Witness) says Fiorentina expect him to move on this summer.

United are also believed to be looking for a new defender to partner Maguire. In fact, according to The Athletic, a new centre-back and a centre-forward is top of Solskjaer’s wanted list.

Apparently there is “nothing to be done” when it comes to Milenkovic because he “will go to England”. And a move will enable Fiorentina to go after Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.

As per the Corriere Fiorentino, the Italians hope to bank “between €30-35m” for the former Partizan star. That should be more than enough to fund a transfer for Torreira who is stuck on loan at Atletico Madrid.

The midfielder has not seen much action in the Spanish capital. In fact he has made just three league starts with Atletico leading the way in LaLiga.

 

 

Mikel Arteta is understood to be open to the 25-year-old leaving in the summer. Arsenal themselves are looking to bank some money to fund their own team strengthening.

United ready to sign trio of youngsters

Meanwhile, Manchester United are set to sign three unnamed youngsters from Wayne Rooney’s Derby County, claims a report.

Journalist Alan Nixon reported that United were on course to sign three young players from the Rams academy earlier this month.

And now The Athletic claim the deals are going ahead between the two clubs.

Derby’s finances have been hit heavily by the Covid-19 pandemic with the club struggling to pay their wage bill.

Sky Sports reported in January that the club were looking to sell some of their academy stars. There were apparently no first-teamers on the “for sale” list though.

United are understood to be ready to pay a combined fee of around £750,000 for the young trio.

All three are understood to be under the age of 15, so United are buying potential for the future.

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