Jose Mourinho will watch Manchester United transfer target Nikola Milenkovic in person during international break

MANCHESTER UNITED are tracking Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports.

United boss Jose Mourinho will run the rule over the defender during the current international with a potential bid lined up for January, say Serbian outlet Telegraf.

 Fiorentina defender Nikola Milnekovic is on Jose Mourinho's radar

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Fiorentina defender Nikola Milnekovic is on Jose Mourinho's radar

After looking odds-on to be sacked, Mourinho looks to have bought himself time at Old Trafford after the dramatic win over Newcastle on Saturday.

And with speculation Zinedine Zidane is waiting in the wings to take over, Mourinho will have clear the air talks with Ed Woodward in London ahead of Thursday’s board meeting.

As he did in the summer, the United boss will again insist he needs to beef up his back line and has identified the Serbian 20-year-old central defender who has impressed in Serie A this term.

Serbia take on Montenegro on Thursday and the Portuguese will be in attendance.

 Jose Mourinho wants to beef up his defence in January

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Jose Mourinho wants to beef up his defence in January
 Jose Mourinho will run the rule over Milenkovic playing for Serbia against Montenegro this week

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Jose Mourinho will run the rule over Milenkovic playing for Serbia against Montenegro this week

Milenkovic moved to Florence from Partizan Belgrade in 2017 for a bargain £4million.

But a string of outstanding performances for the Viola has put a host of top European clubs on alert.

The Serbian international’s value will have rocketed in the last 18 months and United could test the Italian side's resolve with a bid during the January window.

Milenkovic has made eight appearances this term and has already hit two goals.

Meanwhile, fellow countryman Nemanja Matic has pulled out of the Serbian squad with an unspecified injury and is a huge doubt for United’s trip to his former club Chelsea on October 20.

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MANCHESTER UNITED are tracking Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports.