According to local outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi, Tottenham Hotspur could make a shock attempt to sign Lazio star Sergej Milinković-Savić as they share an update out of N17.
The Lowdown: Conte issues transfer demands…
Spurs head coach Antonio Conte, reportedly already making demands behind-the-scenes, has apparently earmarked a few key areas of the squad he wants to strengthen this summer.
Conte has also specifically requested the signing of Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie (La Gazetta dello Sport via Sport Witness) with the Spurs manager and transfer chief Fabio Paratici now seemingly setting their sights on another Serie A star.
The Latest: Milinković-Savić on the agenda?
As per the latest from Italy, both Paratici and Conte are ‘crazy’ about Lazio star Milinković-Savić – so much so that Spurs cannot be ruled out of the race to sign him, even despite his lofty €75-80 million price tag (£62m-£66m).
Indeed, Tottenham ‘could really make an attempt’ to sign the midfielder, but a lot will depend on their qualification for Champions League football before lodging a major summer bid.
The Verdict: Big update…
Links to a player of Milinkovic-Savic’s calibre perhaps demonstrate just how far Tottenham have come under Conte this season.
AC Milan legend and Parma sporting director Demetrio Albertini is one Italian footballing icon who has lavished praise on the marquee 27-year-old – calling him a player with ‘extraordinary’ elegance.
A well-rounded star in the middle of the park, Milinkovic-Savic has averaged the highest match rating out of any Lazio player this season in Serie A whilst making the joint-most tackles per 90 (WhoScored).
He’s also effective going forward, ranking among Lazio’s top three players for most shots at goal per 90, most key passes and successful take-ons (WhoScored).
It’s clear to see why Conte and Paratici are head over heels, and with this news emerging, Tottenham’s possible top-four finish comes as even more crucial.
In other news: Tottenham officials sent to club as Paratici now eyes ‘imperious’ ex-Man City man for Conte! Find out more here.
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