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Manchester United Keeping Tabs on This Serie A Defender: Should Solskjaer Get Him On Board?

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Pratik Das
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In a recent episode of Here We Go Podcast, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano has hinted that Manchester United are keen on signing Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina in the coming transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks determined to add to his options at the back.

“Good player. I love him – really interesting talent.” – Romano stated.

“Only one year contract. He’s not extending his contract, and that’s why there a lot of rumours. In Italy, they’re saying that Manchester United offer €35m, they are close to signing Milenkovic – that’s what they say.”

“I would say (he’s) appreciated, yes for sure they follow him. But at the moment there is nothing advanced. No official bid from Manchester United.”

Another report from The Express has revealed that Manchester United are already in talks with the Serbian international’s agent, Fali Ramadani, and the player could well be on his way to Old Trafford in the summer if the Italian club sets an affordable price tag.

Milenkovic’s Excellent Form In Italian Football This Season

Nikola Milenkovic has been one of the most consistent performers for Fiorentina this season – averaging 1.4 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 2.7 long balls, and 3 clearances per 90 minutes in Serie A. Furthermore, the 23-year-old centre-back has averaged a pass success rate of 85.8% over the range of 25 top flight-appearances this term, with approximately 52.1 successful passes made per game.

Manchester United Keeping Tabs on Nikola Milenkovic (Nikola Milenkovic can be seen in the picture)
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With such impressive stats, it’ll be fair to say that Milenkovic’s ability and composure on the ball are quite ahead of his years. His versatility across the backline means he can take command of the right side of the pitch in his own half, allowing him to play as a right centre-back and right-back. Even though he struggles a bit when it comes to physicality, the Serbian’s pace is one of his central strengths. He could help the Red Devils play a high line, allowing skipper Harry Maguire to operate and flourish as the front-footed defender.

With just three yellow cards all season, Milenkovic is capable of putting in well-timed tackles and rescuing situations whenever required.

Should Solskjaer Get Him On Board?

The defence is one of the many departments where the club need to bring in some quality re-enforcements soon – and Milenkovic fits the bill. An injury or two might give rise to a heap of troubles at the club, so a move for the Serie A starlet makes perfect sense.

At 23, Milenkovic is likely to get better with each passing season and can be the ideal man to partner skipper Harry Maguire in the long-run, so Solskjaer should definitely try and get this deal over the line in the next transfer window.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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