Manchester United will be faced with stiff competition if they try to sign Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic in the future.
The Reds reportedly have significant interest in the Serbian centre-back and manager Jose Mourinho was thought to be personally scouting Milenkovic when he attended Serbia’s game against Montenegro recently.
However, Italian outlet Calciomercato claims that Serie A champions Juventus, who have won all seven of the last seven titles in the European country, are also interested in Milenkovic.
Sporting director Fabio Paratici wants to sign two players from Fiorentina, with Milenkovic being one of them as Federico Chiesa being the other.
Fiorentina reportedly rejected a bid of around €40 million for Milenkovic in the summer and would demand at least €55 million for the 23-year-old.
If United are to make a bid in January, that price will be set to an even greater premium and the interest from Juventus as well, as Calciomercato suggests, would mean a battle for his signature.
Jose Mourinho will be desperate to secure some kind of defensive reinforcements. While Victor Lindelof has improved in recent weeks and could now prove himself at Old Trafford, Chris Smalling made his 300th appearance for United at the weekend and that fact is indicative of the mediocrity of the club’s defence.