Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is set to cost 30million Euro (around £27million) less than 12 months ago due to financial issues, according to Foot Mercato.
The Serbia international midfielder continues to go from strength to strength for Lazio, 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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According to the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho saw the 25-year-old 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.
The latest Foot Mercato report claims that Lazio president Claudio Lotito, who wanted 100million Euro for Milinkovic-Savic last year, is now valued at 70million Euro, as the global health crisis has led to problems across the entire football industry.
Lotito’s second club, Serie B side Salernitana, is reported to be in financial difficulties, so Lotito is seemingly looking to cash in on one of his assets for a fee that fellow reported suitors Paris Saint-Germain should be able to afford.
Milinkovic-Savic has come such a long way since joining Lazio five years ago and, prior to the global health crisis, was expected to be one of this summer’s most fought-over players.
However, with the industry having been dealt a huge blow, it seems as though a player previously in line to spark a bidding war could now be sold at a reduced price due to financial issues.
Although Milinkovic-Savic is believed to be highly rated by Mourinho, £70million is likely still far too expensive for Spurs – though if they make money from player sales, then it might be a possibility.