Man Utd and Tottenham ‘in transfer battle’ for Fiorentina defender Milenkovic

Manchester United and Tottenham are ready to fight it out for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.

Both Premier League outfits are looking to strengthen their backlines with January just around the corner.

And the Serbian looks to fit the bill for both clubs due to his physical attributes.

Milenkovic is valued at around £23m by the Serie A side with reports in Italian paper  La Nazione claiming interest in the centre-half is mounting.

The 23-year-old is an established international with 26 caps for Serbia.

And he is a regular for Fiorentina and played at the heart of defence as they beat Juventus 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Milenkovic is capable of playing in the centre but also at right-back which makes him even more appealing.

United were keen on adding a centre-half in the summer but, like many of their desired targets, missed out.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still seeking a partner for captain Harry Maguire.

Victor Lindelof has been a regular alongside the Englishman but doubts clearly still remain while the likes of Eric Bailly are finding opportunities increasingly hard to come by.

United are also being linked with Bayern Munich's David Alaba.

Despite their good form which has seen them rise up the table defence remains an issue for Solskjaer.

He has already seen his side ship six at home to Tottenham while they've conceded at least three in a game four times this season.

A host of defensive pairings have been trailed over the years with United yet to properly settle on one.

Tottenham meanwhile are ready to offload Davinson Sanchez as they look to beat United to Milenkovic's signature.

Jose Mourinho has generally stuck with Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld as his centre-half duo through this season.

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