Juventus To Challenge Newcastle For Top Serbian Star


There’s a report in Italy’s calciomercato.com today that Italian Champions Juventus are interested in Newcastle target, 19 year-old center-back Nikola Milenkovic of Partizan Belgrade.

Newcastle have been linked with this player a number of times over the last several weeks and it’s even expected that Rafa could put in a bid for the once capped Serbian International in January.

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19 year-old Nikola Milenkovic of Partizan Belgrade

In the report, renowned Italian transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano says that Juventus are currently looking at two top young players – 19 year-old Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessi and 19 year-old Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic.

He says the Italian giants have already inquired about the Partizan Belgrade central defender who “they have fallen in love with him.”

They have been watching him regularly this season and he’s looked impressive in the Partizan team.

Juventus are on the lookout for any top young players in Europe – just like Newcastle – and these are the two youngsters they are reported to be in hot pursuit of.

The report says they could have some competition from English clubs for Milenkovic –  and especially from Newcastle United.

Milenkovic stands 6ft 5ins tall and would provide height and heading ability at the back for Newcastle – and he’s also skillful on the ground.

He made his debut for Partizan in the SuperLiga match against Mladost Lucani in April of this year and he already has one cap for Serbia, when he played in the 3-0 defeat to Qatar in a September friendly.

He has now played 33 times for Partizan with two goals and is getting regular playing time in Serbia.

He would appear to be a very good buy for us – if we can get him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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36 comments so far

  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Jib
    We shouldn’t take history into account?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Not uncomfortable history Yo. You should know better.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki
    Seems all I do theses days isn’t allowed haha are my opinions so offensive? My mild reputation is taking a hammering

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    wws

    I think people should remember the past, 100% , but that dosnt mean he has not learned lessons from there, he surrounded her myself with the wrong people, some with good intentions for the club, others just to serve themselves. until he met the right people he was being let down by all around him, Rafa came with only a few games to save us, but it wasn’t to be. 2 things have happened, Mike listened to both the fans for a change, and he listened to Rafa, he acted in the right way this time.

    he has backed him and because of where we are in the league i’m betting that come Jan he wil back him again, actions speak louder than words.

    i will give him the benefit of the doubt, he deserves credit for what he has done this season.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    WW

    Only when it suits apparently….

    I’d be suprised if you received an answer.

    Even if you did it would be a load of old bawls anyway as below.

    Jfa stated earlier how ironic it was that jizz couldn’t believe (called it a circus) Southgate was the only one to be interviewed for the England job yet backed the regime when McCardew was/were the only ones interviewed by nufc at the time.

    To which jizz replied that Pardew was interviewed twice! Once in a pub (of all places) and the other being a casino as if that’s something to be proud of.

    1. It was still Pardew in the second interview and 2. How utterly professional.

    I suppose once you’ve backed the regime to the hilt then there’s no escaping making yourself look like a complete and utter *^#! to be fair.

    Reply

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Look forward and hope

    OR

    Look backward and whine about it ad nauseum

    I know which I prefer

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    catchy
    What changed? Rafa made money and most of the high earns are gone. Ashley would of had protests if Rafa hadn’t approached him

    Ashley needs us in the pl

    I will give him credit when he’s earned it personally when he gives Rafa backing to get to Europe and compete

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib
    Fantasy over reality

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  • manxpie

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Catchy he didn’t listen to the fans he realised the gravy train was about to derail so chucked the last spin of his dice! He doesn’t deserve any credit at all!

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  • manxpie

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    He will only get any credit if and when he runs us as a proper ambitious prem club and we actually compete for things

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Manxpie/WW

    Agreed.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    I still have hopes for the Ashley model. It’s nothing new. Porto have been doing it with great success for generations, and with Rafa calling the shots, why not us too? We will have great financial clout if we can get straight back, but it of course won’t be enough to match the senior clubs, so being canny in the market is a prerequisite for us if we want to win something, and be regularly among the European places. Carr remains important.

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    We were warned that even if we were sitting points clear at the top of the table and on a record breaking run of wins – there would be bloggers (the usual suspects) who would find something to whinge about.
    Do you get it now Jail ?

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib
    Whinge? Am talking about the topic of the thread and u are no barometer of opinion on happiness u wanted McClaren to remain in the job and spouted of at those who wanted the change u now try to rub in people’s faces

    Tbh I think ur just happy for NUFC to exist

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Jimmyjimmy
    Ashley’s plan was basically a sound one but his lack of contacts in the game caused him to listen to the wrong people and try and operate it with idiots , poltroons and charlatans.

    He now has a guy with a knowledge of: and contacts in: the game that are second to none.

    Shepherd had the same with SBR and the fool sacked him – Ashley will not make the same mistake

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Jimmy
    The buy cheap sell big stepping club model?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Jib,
    Are usual suspects bracketed in to different catergories for want of sounding like a ‘retarted schoolkid’ . Have you got whinging usual suspects. What about the usual suspects that are just continual nasty barstwerards, which bracket of usual suspect do you fit in to.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    jail

    he comes in the ”socially inadequate” bracket

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib,
    So you posting your percieved thoughts on Ashleys sound model that consisted of deliberately not winning anything is blogging. Anyone else discussing a relevant topic is a usual suspect whinger living in the past.

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail
    I’m certainly a usual suspect .

    I come in the “don’t suffer fools gladly ” bracket.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail. From previous………. Let’s hope Ashley puts the Windows back better than the original ones, using the very best triple glazing with a long guarantee that they will remain in place. Oh and if he’s feeling generous he could throw in a top of the range conservatory.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Jib…. “Poltroon”. Nice word, haven’t heard that for many years.

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail

    He made survival in the PL a priority for one season.

    Not tryng in cups in one or two seasons does not make it club policy.

    Both Manchesters , Arsenal and Tottenham have been fined in the past for fielding weak sides in the cups – is not winning stuff their policies ?
    If so they haven’t been very good at it.
    😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Catchy,
    Where did he listen to the fans, it became blindingly obvious his buy cheap sell high while persuading players we aren’t competitive was an abject failure. He supposedly learned after every failure, we just got worse. You blamed Pardew and only Pardew for all our failings, you were convinced Mclaren under those same policies was the right man. It was never going to work until we got a manager in that demanded those policies changed. A manager given Sameobi, Vukic and Riverie with smatterings of Cabayes and Remys was never ever going to work.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib,
    We passed the third round of the FA cup once since promotion and got all the way to the fourth round. The big clubs were competing in the CL and getting to finals while fielding weakened LC sides. Pardew was given an eight year deal with a remit of finishing tenth which would have been conveiniently over looked had we finished 17th.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib
    U claim superiority in ootnsll knowledge but don’t amaze the difference between us and those clubs?

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    ootnsll is a quality sport I admit but I meant football, its what I get for typing in the rain

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib…….. Were we not relegated and in a desperate situation , and had Rafa not miraculously approached the club and being given the job and the authority to transform NUFC from top to bottom, then we would still be just treading water in the PL with a yes man manager and no priority given to winning anything other than survival.

    Fate conspired to bring us Rafa , It was not a pre meditated policy change. Under the old remit we would not have had any realistic hope of winning anything as it wasn’t the object of the exercise. Are you saying that was an acceptable way to run our club?

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    I certainly don’t amaze the difference

    😎

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Betty
    I’m saying I understand the pragmatism of the way they were operating
    Rafa however has NUFC operating in a way that’s reminiscent of SBR and in a lot of ways superior .
    He has the club functioning at a level I never thought I’d live to see.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib
    Well done there son ignore the question and focus on a typo because it was raining, glasses on head down and no one will notice uve dodged it

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #32

    ‘He has the club functioning at a level I never thought I’d live to see’
    The championship? Haha this kid man hes a laugh a minute

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  • Legolas

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    You could go on and on about the rubbish we have had to deal with in the past. Or enjoy what is happening now and concentrate on the future. I know what I will be doing.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Of course it no good driving if you’re looking over your shoulder all the time. But there’s a good reason for mirrors on cars.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib…….. Many of us understood the pragmatic way they were doing things but accepting it is another matter. We are very fortunate to have stumbled across Rafa and our new found hope but it wouldn’t have happened if we had just remained bumbling along as we were before.

    Surely to be competetive in every game we play is the true aim for any sporting institution.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Rainbows and unicorns….

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