Newcastle have spoken to a £38m target of the summer move, the club are ready to sell

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According to Calciomercato, Newcastle have spoken to Nikola Milenkovic in recent days about a summer move, with Fiorentina ready to sell.

What is the story?

Well, the January transfer window only recently closed but Newcastle are already considering other ways to spend their millions.

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Calciomercato believe the Magpies have their sights set on Milenkovic, as they look to strengthen their defence.

However, Eddie Howe will face competition from Juventus, who are also keen to sign the Serbia international.

Fiorentina are said to value their No.4 at £37.5million which shouldn’t be a problem for Newcastle given their newfound wealth.

Calciomercato add that the Serie A side are ready to sell the centre-back for a fair price which should encourage the Magpies.

So far this season, the 24-year-old has made 24 appearances for Fiorentina in all competitions, scoring three goals.

Newcastle might not need Nikola Milenkovic

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If you had asked us if Newcastle needed Milenkovic in January, we would have said yes – the Magpies were very, very sweet at the back.

However, things look a little different now.

Dan Burn arrived to bolster Howe’s defensive line, while Jamaal Lascelles gave his best in an impressive performance against Everton.

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Additionally, Newcastle made high-profile moves for Sven Botman and Diego Carlos in January, both of whom are significantly better than Milenkovic.

Therefore, if Howe wants to sign a new centre-back this summer, he would have to test the waters again for one of those two before turning to Milenkovic.

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