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Liverpool and Manchester United keen on Nikola Milenkovic

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Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on signing Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.

According to Max Bielefeld from Sky Sports, the two Premier League clubs have recently been in touch with the player’s agents regarding a summer move.

The Reds are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements at the end of the season and the 23-year-old could prove to be a quality addition.

The Serbian has proven his quality in Serie A and he seems ready to make a move to the Premier League now.

Apparently, Borussia Dortmund are also keen on the Serbian and it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

The defender is valued at £25.2 million (as per transfermarkt) and has a contract with the Italian club until the summer of 2022.

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The likes of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are unreliable because of their injury issues and Jurgen Klopp must look to invest in a quality centre-back before the start of the new season.

Milenkovic is quite young and has the potential to develop into a top-quality centre-back in future. Working with Klopp could help him fulfil his potential.

A fee of around £25.2m could prove to be a reasonable investment for the Reds. Milenkovic has the quality to justify that outlay over the coming seasons.

He can play in a variety of positions across the backline and his versatility could prove to be very useful to Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Manchester United need a quality centre-back after the inconsistent performances from the likes of Harry Maguire this season.

Milenkovic would not only add depth and quality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defensive unit, he would also push the current starters to work harder and improve.

Milenkovic is strong in the air and also quite useful for attacking set-pieces. He has two goals and an assist to his name this season.

Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger has heavily criticised Liverpool for their performance against Everton over the weekend.