Reports: Pioli picks his primary defensive target but €35m asking price is off-putting

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have made Nikola Milenkovic their number one defensive target ahead of the summer transfer window, according to a report.

The Rossoneri have been persistently linked with a number of different defenders by various media outlets, with the likes of Kristoffer Ajer, Dayot Upamecano Robin Koch all tipped to join Milan by various media outlets.

SportMediaset (via MilanNews) reported earlier today that the defence will also be strengthened by the signing of another centre-back, adding that the management have decided it must be a central defender who already knows Serie A.

Now, Il Giornale (as cited by MilanNews) are reporting that Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic is the man that Milan have chosen. Head coach Stefano Pioli knows him well having coached him when he was with La Viola, and the player’s age (22) and knowledge of the league make him an ideal candidate.

Meanwhile, Calciomercato.com have confirmed Milan’s interest in the Serbian international, but they state that the €35m asking price set is a hurdle at present.

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