Man Utd learn cost and five clubs rivalling them for major defensive target
Nikola Milenkovic will cost €30m if Manchester United want to sign him from Fiorentina this summer, according to a report.
Man Utd are on the lookout for a new centre-back to partner captain Harry Maguire. Eric Bailly has signed a new contract but doubts remain about whether he and Victor Lindelof can be starters. Instead, they may look for other options to provide further competition.
Milenkovic has been on their radar for a long time as they consider taking advantage of his situation at Fiorentina. Just one year remains on his contract in Florence and it seems he has no intention to renew. Therefore, he may be available for transfer.
Fiorentina will not be keen to lose him for too low a price, though. Even so, United could have their best chance of signing him for a decent fee this summer.
According to Calciomercato, La Viola have asked for €30m for Milenkovic’s signature this summer.
That fee may be within United’s reach, depending on how much they invest in other areas of their squad too. But they will have to put together a convincing package to beat other rivals to the transfer.
The Italian website adds that Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham are all also interested in taking Milenkovic to the Premier League.
A significant number of English teams have been linked with Milenkovic recently, but it seems these are the three in contention along with United.
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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti knows Milenkovic’s qualities from his time working in his native Italy. Tottenham are long-term admirers, while West Ham seem to have revived interest from last summer.
It is the Hammers who, along with the Red Devils, have been the first to make contact. Both clubs have sought to find out information from Milenkovic’s entourage.
The Toffees and Spurs, meanwhile, are monitoring the situation but could make contact in future.
There is also interest in Milenkovic from both Inter and Milan. However, the two Italian clubs have financial concerns about the deal, meaning a move to England is most likely at this stage.
Solskjaer ready to sell four
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly ready to allow four big-name stars to depart this summer as he looks to free up more transfer funds for Manchester United.
United will likely having a sizeable transfer warchest at their disposal this summer. However, a number of unwanted fringe stars could be moved on. Andrea Perreira, Phil Jones and Juan Mata all look likely to leave.
It’s also likely United will collect a sizeable fee from West Ham for Jesse Lingard after his impressive loan stint.
However, the Daily Express claims Solskjaer could also offload four other big-name stars to generate additional funds.
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