Tottenham Hotspur were linked with highly-rated Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic back in April.
According to the Daily Mail, Spurs boss 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.
Milinkovic-Savic 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.
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The Serbia international has clocked up 194 competitive senior appearances for the Italian capital club, 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.
However, he’s not going cheap – Foot Mercato claims that Lazio president Claudio Lotito, who wanted 100million Euro for Milinkovic-Savic last year, has now valued him 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.
Even at 70million Euros – around £63million – he’s most likely still out of Tottenham’s budget this summer, considering the expected financial problems set to grip the world of football.
However, there’s a player who has been deemed the “new” Milinkovic-Savic – reportedly by Lazio, no less – and his reported price tag is significantly cheaper than that of the Biancocelesti man.
Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is reported to have a £27million price tag, claims Tuttomercatoweb, amid reports that he’s agitating for a move and links with numerous teams including Arsenal.
The 19-year-old was signed by the Austrian giants in March 2017 from Fehervar FC, then known as Videoton FC, and spent the first half of the 2017-18 season with Austrian second division club Liefering, where he registered an impressive 16 goals and 11 assists from just 42 first-team appearances.
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Now an established member of Salzburg’s first team, Szoboszlai has made 50 first-team appearances, scoring nine goals and registering 13 assists in all competitions.
According to Calciomercato, the Hungarian “is sending important signals, asking more and more insistently about the possibility of leaving the Austrian championship and making the leap to the elite of European football”.
Szoboszlai is six years younger than Milinkovic-Savic, a reported £36million cheaper, and comes from a club which has been a hotbed of talent in recent years – but it wouldn’t be easy for Spurs given how much competition there seems to be in him.
The Sun reported in late April that the Gunners are in the race to snap up the Salzburg midfielder, along with Leicester City, Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan, while Calciomercato also linked him with AC Milan and Lazio.