Manchester United have bid £45million bid for Nikola Milenkovic of Serie A club Fiorentina as they continue to chase Harry Maguire, according to reports in Italy.
United desperately need defensive reinforcements after they conceded 54 Premier League goals last season – more than rivals Liverpool and Manchester City put together.
The Red Devils remain confident they have the upper hand over fierce rivals City in the race to sign Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, with reports claiming club chiefs are optimistic they can thrash out a £75m deal for the former Hull star.
But while City’s interest is thought to have cooled as they are not prepared to pay a world-record fee for the defender, United are still looking elsewhere for centre-backs.
And they have contacted Fiorentina this week over 6ft 5ins giant centre-back Milenkovic, according to Italian media reports.
Milenkovic, 21, has impressed in Serie A since joining the Italian side from Partizan Belgrade in 2017.
United had a £36m bid for the defender rejected in January, according to the Daily Star, but have reportedly now gone back to the Serie A club with a better offer.
With regard to Maguire, the Red Devils have apparently offered current players in return as part of the deal, but the Foxes are holding out for a straight-cash offer.
Maguire, who has 20 caps, expects to get his move this summer after excelling for the Foxes since a £17m switch from relegated Hull City two years ago.
Leicester, meanwhile, are ready to bid for Brighton stopper Lewis Dunk if Maguire quits.
The strong interest in star defender Maguire has led Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers to line up Brighton centre-back Dunk as a potential replacement.
If Leicester are unable to prise him out of Brighton, Rodgers may turn his attention to Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski.