Manchester United have made an official enquiry to sign one of the Serie A’s hottest talents, the player could be the answer to solving the Red Devils’ worrying defensive problems.
According to an Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio (Sky Sports Italia), EPL giants Manchester United have enquired about the landing of Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic.
The report claims that the Old Trafford side made contact with the Viola two days ago regarding a swoop for Milenkovic.
The Serbian star was heavily linked with a move the United in January, the report adds that the Red Devils had a €40 million bid for the star rejected.
It is understood that the Italian club valued the versatile defender at €50 million (£45 million) at the time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive rebuild on his hands in the summer and the key problem that the Norwegian needs to address is the Red Devils’ embarrassing defence.
The club leaked goals last campaign and a quality centre-back is required this summer if the Manchester heavyweights have any hopes of being successful next campaign.
Nikola split his duties between centre-half and right-back last campaign, the 21-year-old star was very impressive for his side and the fact that he has 14 caps for his country to his name already – suggest that he is a big talent.
United simply can not go into another campaign with the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones still being important first-team stars, signing a centre-half should be a priority for the Red Devils management.
Manchester United reportedly have an €80 million bid in place to try and prise the Serbian star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic away from SS Lazio, although they are understood to still be short of his valuation.
The club are coming off the back of a poor campaign in which they failed to secure UEFA Champions League qualification and were left empty-handed.
In turn, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to see his side bounce back in the upcoming season, and he has already seen Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James officially announced to strengthen his squad.
However, it becomes visible as though the Norwegian manager wants more reinforcements, but one, in particular, could arrive in order to fill a possibly damaging void in midfield.
As noted by The Sun, talk is rife over Paul Pogba’s long-term future at Old Trafford, while the Metro claim that there are also doubts over Sergej’s compatriot Nemanja Matic amid links with Inter Milan.
Having already seen Ander Herrera depart after his contract expired, the last thing that Ole needs is to see his midfield weakened further, and so the boss may well be prioritising keeping the two players in question, and look to bolster rather than having to replace them.
Time will tell if that is the case, but according to Goal.com, Manchester United have an €80m offer ready for Milinkovic-Savic, although it is still problematic as it’s noted that Biancocelesti could hold out for €100 million.
It’s specifically mentioned in that report that there’re fears over Matic and Pogba, and that would explain why the Red Devils are said to be preparing a bid for the Serbian star.
Paulo Dybala, who has been connected with a move to Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer’s Manchester United, has told Juventus that he doesn’t want to leave the club in the summer, according to the latest reports from the Italian press.
The Argentine striker’s future at Juventus has been subject to talk since the end of the last campaign when it appeared he could be on his way out.
But the departure of the Italian manager Massimiliano Allegri and the arrival of another Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri seemed to have tilted the balance towards Paulo continuing with the Old Lady next campaign.
There have also been speculations that he could be offered to the Red Devils as part of a deal to take the French midfielder Paul Pogba back to Turin this transfer window.
But it seems the South American has a clear idea of his long-term future and, according to an Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Dybala has told Juventus officials that he wants to be at the club beyond the summer.
He isn’t actively seeking a transfer away from the Italian champions and is now interested in staying at the club and regain his status as a certain starter under a new manager, Maurizio Sarri.
Juventus are yet to make a final decision on whether to cash in on the talented forward, but the club management also seem to be moving towards the decision to keep hold of the player.
Dybala has netted 78 goals in 182 appearances for Bianconeri since joining the club from Palermo back in 2015.