Manchester United are reportedly keen to hold talks with Nikola Milenkovic, who is valued at around £45 million by Fiorentina, over a possible January move.

According to a report by The Sun, Nikola Milenkovic has continued to remain a top defensive target for Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an admirer of the Serb as well. Fiorentina have slapped a £45 million price tag on the talented centre-back, who has been pursued by the Red Devils since the days of Jose Mourinho.

Milenkovic has been on an upward trajectory ever since he joined Fiorentina from Partizan Belgrade in the summer of 2017. A player known for his no-nonsense style of defending, the Serb has made an impression with his versatility as well – he can play as a right-back and a centre-back equally adeptly.

A mainstay at the back for Fiorentina, the 21-year-old has played all but one game for Fiorentina, which he missed through suspension. His exploits have certainly not gone unnoticed, with several clubs showing an interest in signing him, Manchester United being the most prominent club in his pursuit.

Set to don the red of Manchester United soon? (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Set to don the red of Manchester United soon? (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Manchester United’s problems at the back have been all too well known, issues that have not subsided even with the upturn in overall form upon the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the caretaker boss. Indeed, bolstering defence was seen as a priority by Jose Mourinho, who was dissatisfied with some of the options at his disposal.

The Premier League heavyweights might have to delve into the transfer market anyway, with Eric Bailly being linked with a move away from Old Trafford. But, it has been reported that making a January signing might be tall order for Manchester United, although they will still attempt to shell out the big bucks if a target is approachable.

Milenkovic seems to be such a target, with Manchester United likely to open talks with the player, who has continued to be pursued under Solskjaer. In fact, the Norwegian is set to ask Ed Woodward to launch the offensive for the Serb, who would cost £45 million.

The figure is within the stipulated £50 million that has been reported as Manchester United’s budget this month, making a transfer approach likely. It now remains to be seen if the Red Devils can land their target man, who will be a long-term solution, or are forced to wait till the summer to sign a centre-back.