Fiorentina Reject Arsenal Amid Milenkovic Renewal Talks

Inter and Juventus target Nikola Milenkovic is a wanted man, and not only in Italy, as Arsenal are eyeing him too, according to the latest reports from Corriere dello Sport (via The Sun). However, Fiorentina have rejected the Gunners’ bid for the big Serbian. They are concerned about center-back reinforcements arriving at the Emirates, and Milenkovic will not be one of them.

The Viola have turned down the recent advances for the 24-year-old, keeping in mind a renewal deal, since his contract expires at the end of the current season.

Italian outlet La Nazione (via Tuttomercatoweb) reports that an agreement is on the horizon between the parties, most likely to be concluded by the end of the weekend. His net salary is touted to increase to over €3M per season – marginally more than his current deal. A three-year contract extension is in the works.

The same thing happened last summer, when he was on the verge of joining West Ham but was talked into staying by coach Vincenzo Italiano. The 24-year-old is one of Serie A’s brightest defensive talents at the moment. After a summer saga that linked him over and again to a move within Serie A, it looks likely that the Viola management has succeeded in tying him down.

Our Take on the Viola Retaining Milenkovic

Fiorentina have succeeded in keeping their best defensive talent amid a lot of hubbub from interested clubs, from all across Europe. It is certainly a win situation for the Viola, but as far as Milenkovic’s career is concerned, the Serbian would be better off contesting for trophies elsewhere, given his prowess in the first-third.

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