Tottenham Hotspur appear to have been dealt a huge blow in their reported chase for Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs have reportedly got their sights on the 25-year-old, who has registered 13 goals and five assists in the Turkish Super Lig this season thus far (Transfermarkt).
There appears to be a lot of interest in Muriqi’s signature stemming from the January transfer window, with Tottenham being joined by Aston Villa and Leicester City in the hunt for his services, according to Turkish Football.
Calciomercato, meanwhile, speculates that Italian side Lazio have also thrown their name in the hat for the Kosovo international, as well as Premier League duo Burnley and Manchester United.
However, Francesca Alfieri, a lawyer who represents the player’s agent Haluk Canatar, has told Lazio website La Lazio Siamo Noi that Muriqi’s priority is to play in Italy ahead of the Premier League or the Bundesliga.
“Muriqi is a footballer that several top teams Italy are interested in; in the last few weeks, we have received various amounts of interest,” Alfieri said. “Lazio? They have shown interest. But the way the transfer market works today, they can change their minds tomorrow. Therefore, I don’t feel like talking about their interest too much.
“His priority is to play in Italy; he wants to compete in the Serie A to demonstrate how much he is worth and to show the bond that exists between Albania, Kosovo, and Italy.”
“Lazio a potential destination? He wants to come to Italy, this is all I can say. We will see what will happen, the Biancocelesti will play in the next edition of the UEFA Champions League and this can be a stimulus. But Muriqi is yet to indicate a preferred club. What is certain is that he wants to play in Italy and prefers the Italian Serie A to the English Premier League or German Bundesliga.”
La Lazio Siamo Noi claims that Fenerbahce are looking to start bids at €20million to €25 million (£17.5million to £22million) for the 6ft 4in sharpshooter.
Muriqi is noted for his strength and aerial ability, and he would be an asset for Spurs, a tall, imposing attacking target who could be utilised in a manner similar to Fernando Llorente.
However, it appears as though a player who former Spurs director Damien Comolli has deemed good enough to play for “any team in England” (beIN Sports Turkey) may not be heading to these shores after all.