Tottenham Hotspur are considering making an approach for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, according to The Daily Mirror.

The Serbia international joined the Serie A side from Partizan Belgrade in 2017 for £4 million and has been ever present at the back in the league this season.

Milenkovic has also scored twice and helped Fiorentina to three clean sheets as they sit seventh in the table after eight matches.

The 21-year-old is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs with Manchester United rumoured to be one of them.

Milenkovic’s contract expires in the summer of 2022, meaning that Spurs would have to meet Fiorentina’s valuation if they are to bring him to North London.

Mauricio Pochettino could well need another centre-back as Toby Alderweireld’s future at Tottenham remains uncertain.

The Belgium international has one year left on his contract and although Spurs have an option to extend it, there is a £25 million release clause which can be activated next summer.

He was tipped to move on before the start of the season but eventually stayed with the club, and has made nine appearances this season.

If Pochettino gets no firm idea of whether Alderweireld will stay at Spurs, then it is understandable that he will start to look for reinforcements.

While he already has Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen as specialist centre-backs and Eric Dier also able to occupy the position, the Argentine will not want to miss an opportunity to strengthen his squad, particularly after a summer in which Spurs made no signings.

He may also see Milenkovic as a potential successor to the lieks of Alderweireld and Vertonghen, who at 29 and 31 respectively, are nearing the end of their careers.

At the same time, Pochettino could be outlining his targets for the January window early in the hope that the board will be in the best position come the turn of the year to get deals done.


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