Man United to submit bid for £45m-rated centre-back

Manchester United are ready to make a formal offer for Nikola Milenkovic, who was wanted by Jose Mourinho and remains high on the wishlist despite sacking the Portuguese in December.

Manchester City are also tracking the Fiorentina defender, but no official bid has come in for the centre-back.

TuttoSport claims the Red Devils are poised to firm up their interest and want to go all out to sign him. Defence continues to be an issue for Manchester United, and the board are considering several centre-backs.

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Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is top of their list, but the defender would cost in the region of £90 million and is unavailable in January.

The 20-times English champions are prepared to spend big on a centre-back this month, but only if the right player becomes available. Nikola Milenkovic is rated at £45 million by his club is under contract at Italian side until 2022.

Former manager Jose Mourinho was desperate to land the 21-year-old defender, and it seems that the Red Devils will make a move if Kalidou Koulibaly deal is not completed.

Manchester United do not play until Sunday when they travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham in the Premier League.

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