Fiorentina are ready to negotiate Nikola Milenkovic’s long-awaited switch to Manchester United after reconciling with the player’s wish to leave the team.
According to the Daily Mirror, United could see long-term interest in the Serbian defender rewarded this summer, with Fiorentina willing to discuss the deal.
Milenkovic has just over 12 months left on his contract in Florence and has already made up his mind on his future.
The summer will be Fiorentina’s final opportunity to cash in on their in-demand defender.
Having arrived from Partizan Belgrade in 2017, the 23-year-old has flourished in Serie A, becoming one of the most highly-rated centre-backs in Italy’s top division.
Milenkovic carries the reputation for being one of the most talented young defenders in Europe, with several prominent clubs looking to capture his signature.
AC Milan and Liverpool have both shown interest in wrapping up a deal with the Viola, but the Red Devils remain at the head of the queue.
The Rossoneri recently pulled out of the race, while the Reds directed their attention towards RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate.
Although the recent reports suggested United could go all-out for Brighton’s Ben White, the prospect of signing the Serbia international continues to entertain Ed Woodward and co.
While the Seagulls are likely to demand at least £35 million to give their go-ahead for White’s transfer, Milenkovic could be available on a cut-price deal.
Given his contractual status, Fiorentina cannot expect a substantial compensation fee for letting their wantaway defender go.
The stage is set for Milenkovic to make the next big step in his career, and Old Trafford appears to be his likeliest landing spot.