Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly enquired with Lazio over Sergej Milinkovic-Savic with Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho said to be eager to bring the Serbia international to N17, according to the Daily Mail.
The 25-year-old continues to go from strength to strength for the Biancocelesti and, this season, has helped them go toe to toe with Juventus in the quest for a first Serie A title since 2000.
Milinkovic-Savic has clocked up 194 competitive senior appearances for Lazio, registering 36 goals and 26 assists in all competitions, and has several trophy wins on his CV including a Coppa Italia and three Italian Supercups.
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The midfield maestro has been with the Rome club since 2015, moving from Belgian club Genk for £16.2million, and has been linked with numerous other clubs over the years including Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus.
According to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho saw the young Serb as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba when he was in charge at Manchester United and has “made it clear” he would like to bring him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As well as Spurs, the Daily Mail report has linked Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain with Milinkovic-Savic, who is contracted until the summer of 2024 and believed to have a starting price of £50million, though how that is affected by the global health crisis remains to be seen.
The player’s agent is former Serbia striker Mateja Kezman, who played under Mourinho during his first spell in charge at Chelsea, though Kezman also has strong connections with former teammates at Stamford Bridge, where Frank Lampard is manager and Petr Cech and Claude Makelele are on the staff.
Milinkovic-Savic has come such a long way since joining Lazio five years ago and is now expected to be one of this summer’s most fought-over players.
So how good is he? Well, if his impressive stats don’t immediately show he’s a cut above, he “has the touch of a Brazilian and some of the things he does remind me of Zinedine Zidane,” according to Kezman (Goal.com) – who, let’s not forget, has played with the likes of Arjen Robben and Frank Lampard during his career.
How realistic would Milinkovic-Savic be for Spurs? There is a lot of competition for his signature, and he won’t come cheap – but if Tottenham are prepared to loosen their purse strings, potentially recouping some money from player sales, and Mourinho can launch a major charm offensive, then you never know.
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