Spurs reportedly want to sign 'fantastic' £12.8m powerhouse, fans should be excited - TBR View
Spurs have reportedly rekindled their interest in Nikola Milenkovic.
Back in March, Calciomercato reported that Spurs had spoken to Milenkovic’s entourage.
Even though Jose Mourinho is no longer at Tottenham, it looks as though the Lilywhites are still after the Fiorentina ace.
Milenkovic is apparently on Spurs’ radar in case the prospective Cristian Romero deal falls through.
And he is certainly a player that Tottenham fans should be excited about.
Spurs target Milenkovic – the story so far
Milenkovic, born in 1997, came through the ranks at Partizan Belgrade and won the Serbian title and Serbian Cup at the capital club.
He then moved to Fiorentina in 2017 for a reported £4.5million.
It didn’t take him long to establish himself as one of the first names on the Viola team sheet.
To date, Milenkovic has made 133 appearances for Fiorentina, registering 11 goals as well.
The 23-year-old has also won 28 caps for Serbia and played at the 2018 World Cup.
How much could Spurs pay for Milenkovic?
According to Fabrizio Romano, Milenkovic is valued at 15m euro, or around £12.8m.
His contract expires next summer, which means his price tag probably won’t be as high as what a player of his calibre would command.
Why should Spurs sign Milenkovic?
A player who has clocked up more than 100 appearances for a Serie A top-flight side and 28 international caps at 23 clearly has something about him.
Milenkovic is a top defender, tall and imposing, who has been compared to the great Nemanja Vidic.
According to football.london, Milenkovic “predominantly plays as a right-sided centre-half, but he’s adaptable and has been known to feature at right-back if necessary.”
His height means he’s a threat from set pieces and great at dealing with aerial balls.
As per football.london, Milenkovic won 3.5 aerial duels per 90 minutes in Serie A last term, and a 92 percent success ratio.
The outlet adds: “He’s also confident on the ball, who will look to play it out from the back, which is important for possession-heavy Fiorentina.
“But he’s much more comfortable shaping up with his right foot, keeping it on his side of the pitch, as opposed to attempting long diagonal balls out.”
What have football fans said about Milenkovic?
Milenkovic has potential to be a top player aswell though. Reminds me alot of Matip, just alot less polished and is worse in ground duels.— MSC (@Kloppista_LFC) July 26, 2021
I like the Serbian centre back from Fiorentina. Reminds me of Vidic. Milenkovic. Hes a beast. Not sure about him pace wise but looks like he would go through a concrete wall to win a tackle and head a brick if you threw it at him 😂😂— Daniel graham (@DanielGrahams7) March 2, 2021
Nikola Milenkovic reminds me of certain Serbian. Very aggressive and no nonsense. Good in the air as well.— Ron 🔰🇵🇸 (@ron16mrl) April 17, 2021
An Englishman and a Serbian defensive partnership. Have we had this before?
Agree, Milenkovic was absolutely fantastic, he reminds me of a young Vidic.— D M (@Dragg68) June 17, 2018
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