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Reports: Manchester United make Serie A defender their #1 priority

1.34K   //    21 Oct 2018, 15:39 IST

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

What's the rumour?

Manchester United has targeted many defenders in the recent past but all attempts were thwarted. One defender they have been linked to on a regular basis is, Nikola Milenkovic. According to Daily Star, United has made Nikola Milenkovic their No.1 Serbian priority, ahead of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

In case you didn't know

Manchester United hasn't had the greatest of starts to their campaign. However, it looks like they have made a comeback in the last 2 gameweeks. They were down 2-0 against Newcastle United but played extremely well to win it 3-2. In their most recent clash against Chelsea, they were down 1-0 but came back to lead 2-1. However, Ross Barkley's extremely late goal in the 96th minute dashed their hopes of a victory.

United is high on confidence, and they could make an astonishing comeback this season. Their Champions League games haven't been too bad and have accumulated 4 points in 2 games and sit 2nd on the table.

The likes of Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial have been in exquisite form, and players like Pogba and Rashford have supported them well.

Heart of the matter

It is no secret that United is in need of a good quality centre-back and Fiorentina youngster, Nikola Milenkovic is a highly talented one. He is just 21 years old, and Jose Mourinho is a big fan. When Mourinho was present for Serbia's UEFA Nations League clash, and many thought that he was scouting Milinkovic, but it might have been Milenkovic. He can also operate at right back, and that makes him a very valuable player.

He is valued at £40 million by Fiorentina and has been targeted by many clubs, including Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus.

At 6ft5in he is a very tall man, and with such a height, there is no doubting his aerial prowess. He is an excellent passer and is very quick on his feet. He has often been compared to Serbia and Manchester United legend, Nemanja Vidic. That gives us a clear indication of the talent this guy has.

Rumour rating: 7.5/10

Many teams have scouted him, and even Fiorentina are aware of the interest he has garnered. Moreover, Mourinho scouting him at Serbia's game and United's problems at the back, make this report worth considering. Daily Star is a decent source, and even a few of the other reliable sources have claimed this.



What's next?

Manchester United will be eagerly waiting for the January transfer window to solve their defensive woes.