Earlier today the Mirror reported that Tottenham Hotspur were looking into the signature of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Undoubtedly, that would be a tremendous signing for the club. The 23-year-old is one of the stars of Serie A and would have been a marquee signing for Spurs if they managed to put a deal together.
However, it always seemed far-fetched. Earlier this year, Lazio sporting director Igli Tare confirmed that he would not even consider selling the player for less than £88 million, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy does not spend massively and such a big fee would be out of their wheelhouse.
That made a deal look unlikely. Now, a deal looks impossible.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of SS Lazio during the Italian Serie A 2018/2019 match between AS Roma and SS Lazio at Stadio Olimpico on September 29, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Danilo Di Giovanni/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
This afternoon the talented attacking midfielder signed a new deal at Lazio to remain at the club until 2023, along with Italian international striker Ciro Immobile.
Tottenham would now have to spend well in excess of £100 million for the player. With the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid also said to be circling the player, a move to Spurs looks extremely unlikely in the near future.