Man Utd, Liverpool slam brakes on defender deal after spotting key worry

Date published: Sunday 4th April 2021 12:14 - Jonny Whitfield

Nikola Milenkovic, Aaron Connolly Serbia v Republic of Ireland March 2021

Manchester United and Liverpool have reportedly begun to have second thoughts about signing Nikola Milenkovic after his recent display for Serbia.

The North West rivals are both reportedly searching for a new defensive signing this summer. The Reds supposedly want to make one signing, while United want to find Harry Maguire’s long-term centre-back partner. Both sides have different targets on their radar, but they both share an interest in Milenkovic.

The Fiorentina star has caught the eye this term, missing only 198 minutes of Serie A action all season.

Indeed, he has played all but two fixtures in the Italian top flight. However, with only one year left on his contract, reports claim he has decided to seek pastures new.

More specifically, Mikenkovic wants a move to the Premier League, with United best-placed so far to sign him.

But while Liverpool also retain an interest, Corrierre Fiorentina claims that both clubs have ‘taken a pause’ over their interest.

That is because of his lacklustre display for Serbia during the recent international break. The 23-year-old was at fault for both of Diogo Jota’s goals in his nation’s 2-2 draw with Portugal.

Therefore, both clubs want to assess more of his performances for Fiorentina before making any decision on a transfer.

However, there are other targets on the clubs’ radars. United are keen on Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Villarreal’s Pau Torres.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have loan signing Ozan Kabak in their ranks and could sign him permanently.

But the Reds have begun the chase for RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate.

Milenkovic maybe better option than Haaland

Nikola Milenkovic, Fiorentina defender

Amid the reports over a defensive signing, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that his club cannot spend big in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s more, such a scenario could lead the club to prioritising one position to strengthen.

Striker Erling Haaland is one target, but he would come at an astronomical fee. As such, Wes Brown feels that three or four other signings – maybe including Milenkovic – would suit his former side better.

READ MORE: Former defender urges Man Utd to make four signings other than Haaland

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