TARGET: Nikola Milenkovic. Photo: SASCHA STEINBACH/EPA

Manchester United are on the hunt for three defenders as they look to revamp their backline. 

The Red Devils have shipped 32 goals in the Premier League this season - the most in the top six of the division.

And United are now reportedly willing to sanction moves for a trio of defenders after vetoing former manager Jose Mourinho’s bid for Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld in July.

The club’s board are said to have blocked Jose - who was sacked last month - from buying the Belgian because of “tactical reasons”. 

But caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have a whole new backline by the end of the January window if United land Brazil right back Eder Militao, Greece centre-back Kostas Manolas and Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic. 


Porto 20-year-old Militao is hot property in Europe right now and is also wanted by Real Madrid, but the fullback has a massive buy-out clause of £42m.  

Roma stalwart Manolas, who has been linked to both Arsenal and Liverpool, is rated at £32m and United has already offered the 27-year-old player a £5m salary. 

Fiorentina’s £45m defender Milenkovic is another name being discussed. 

The 1.95m-tall Serbian has been likened to his legendary United compatriot Nemanja Vidic.

HOT PROPERTY: Eder Militao

Vidic was also a January addition when he joined from Spartak Moscow at the beginning of 2006. 

Meanwhile, United defensive duo Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling have both been linked to possible Old Trafford exits. 

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