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Reports: Spurs could make move for €45m rated ‘complete midfielder’; Conte is ‘crazy’ about him

By Mehdi Gokal -

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Spurs manager Antonio Conte is a fan of the Serbia international, according to Calciomercatoweb.it, and with the departures of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, there may be room in the engine room for a move of this quality. The report suggests Spurs could offer Lazio €45m plus add-ons rising to €60m for his signature.

Milinkovic-Savic, 27, would be a fitting end to the summer transfer window, adding a much-needed attacking threat to his midfield. Given their interest in Leicester City star James Maddison and AS Roma dynamo Nicolo Zaniolo, it’s no surprise that this is the position which the North London club is looking to address next.

Both Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici are said to be ‘crazy‘ about Savic and are keen on signing him.

Milinkovic-Savic has 58 goals and 53 assists in 295 appearances for Lazio, including 11 goals and 12 assists in 47 games last season and has been dubbed as the ‘complete midfielder’.

If Spurs sign him, they could very much have their own Kevin De Bruyne in Milinkovic-Savic, who is clearly capable of influencing the attack from midfield which is perhaps the only thing this Spurs team lacks at the moment.

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Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

Yes please… Now Savic is a complete midfielder. More like Yaya Toure was, rather than De Bruyne. What I would describe as a proper centre mid, he can defend and play holding, and he can attack and play a CAM role…

It’s clear we’re not going for the lightweight, unversatile (he can only play as a 10 or CAM) inconsistent, smug James ‘youmustbe’ MadSon… The Toon wanted him and bid for a fair price around 40 mil. The Foxes wanted 60 odd million.
If we phoned him at all then the call would have lasted as long as Tintins..

Legoverlass
Legoverlass
1 month ago

What is all this bullsh*t narrative about Conte being crazy about this player and that player. Utter tosh. We have started our first two EPL games this season with the same starting eleven as we finished last season with. Chelsea fielded three new first team additions against us. We still lack depth across the back line and our wingbacks in Royal, Docherty and Sessegnon are all below the quality we need. We lack creativity in attacking midfield and we still have no cover in terms of goal scorers for Kane or Son. However we do have a £60 million addition in Richarlison who runs about a lot.Unfortunately not to much effect.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Legoverlass

Richy is the cover for Son and Kane… His favourite position is left wing, but he played as a striker and helped save Everton from relegation… He really helped us against the Chavs. We’d have lost if it wasn’t for Richy and Perisic.
Richy is definitely effective.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Legoverlass

Diaz was brilliant for Liverpool the other night, he’s the one we clearly should have gotten over the line, goal scorer of quality as well as bringing dynamism. he would have been real competition for Kane and Son. However as part of the squad, Richarlison is a useful addition, basically because we have been so desperate for depth and he definitely helped on Sunday off the bench.

However I agree about the wingback situation, the names you mentioned aren’t up to the level required, I’m surprised that Royal and Doherty are still at the club or at least both of them. Doherty might be useful as a backup for both sides but Royal is a bit of a turkey and Sessingnon really needs to deliver on his ‘potential’ soon. All of this doesn’t help us and Conte in the present, as we search or our second only silverware in 23 years under ENIC. There’s being backed and there’s being ‘backed’…

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  Legoverlass

An average window buying young punts, a few ‘could be good’ and some old blokes we hope can stave off the effects of Father Time. The last statement signing we made was Jurgen. The ENIC narrative is tiresome and steeped in failure. Lovely property portfolio though.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

I think we’ve had a great window already… It was all good signing Klinsmann, but back then we were in a far worse position as a club… We needed Jurgen to save us from relegation… Plus he only stayed 18 months..
Perisic, Bissouma are great signings and will do us proud.

Paranoid Android
Paranoid Android
1 month ago

A statement signing indeed, except Levy is only interested in 1 type of statement. A Bank statement.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

‘perhaps the only thing this Spurs team lacks at the moment’….

as well as a decent right-wingback and a central defender.

Paddio
Paddio
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

I think that shows we’ve had a decent window, that the average capability of our squad has improved by removing the worst 20 odd percent and replacing with upgrades. Though 100% we now need to start looking at the improvements on the first eleven.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Paddio

Unless we do that we can’t expect to go to places like Stamford Fridge and get wins, despite the ridiculous hype around us before that game.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

West Brom managed it last season. Didn’t Villa too? The Chavs last season actually won more games away than at home.. They are certainly not invincible at the Bridge… Now they need a striker or they will struggle for goals this season.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

West Brom managed it but we haven’t managed it in over 30 years, that’s the uncomfortable reality.

They beat us endlessly last season and they dominated us on Sunday, that domination and the games last season was clearly down to their midfield dominance, possession and pressing. Their midfield pairing is on another level to ours in terms of quality, and it showed. We need a serious upgrade if we are intent on competing properly…

Paddio
Paddio
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

We’ve become a bit of a cup final for Chelsea, remember they’re a team that we’re desperate to stop us winning the league.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

We beat them there 3 or 4 years ago, it hasn’t been 30 years.

Once in 30 years, yes.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Not record to be particularly proud of.

One win at Chelsea in 30 years and one minor trophy in 23.

And we regards ourselves a big club? Eighth wealthiest in the world though, in light of that, sorry but these facts are inexcusable…

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

I remember beating them 3 years ago… Once in 30 means they must be our bogey team. Surely that’s the best record anyone has against us.. Shocking though because they weren’t even that good before the Abromovich era.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

The most shocking part is that Levy has done nothing to improve it or our trophy record. 23 years and one win at Chelsea under ENIC and 7 years and no wins before that under Sugar but the same trophy delivered once in less time under Sugar.

What have ENIC improved exactly other than the value of their assets? Ziltch…

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
at large
at large
1 month ago
Reply to  Paddio

Conte himself said it will take a few windows to get the squad he wants: 2 full teams of quality players. Incremental improvement.

Kwakspur
Kwakspur
1 month ago

Could we really get this done.

Would be a statement signing.

Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago

We should go for De Jong. A statement signing and a real playmaker.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

I don’t think we are at the financial level required to pay the salary De Jong would require, unfortunately. Not yet. 400k per week.

While it is easy to say just pay it, the reality isn’t that simple. You set the benchmark for all future contract negotiations. The highest wage raises all boats – look at Barca for an example of this.

We’re not quite there yet

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

When’s ’yet’? Been waiting 23 years to pay the going rate for quality…

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

This is a player Barcelona are paying an extortionate amount of money. Too much for them, and who will have a very very small pool of potential buyers.

We aren’t a Manchester United. On the pitch maybe, but financially they are a whole level above. This was the case pre-ENIC.

Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

This is 23 years of ENIC. Expectations dampened to the extent an average window is hyped as making us ‘contenders.’ For what exactly? Bissouma could be good, the rest are cheap young or old punts.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

No it is reality. De Jong is one of football’s highest earners. We aint in that league yet, it is simple economics. There is no shame in it, there are only a few clubs who can/do.

This is much more than Liverpool pay Salah.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Salah earns loads now man 350k a week. A lot more than the rest of their highest earners, they’re on 200k.
I think we probably could afford a high earner like this now.
The main difficulty would be persuading the likes of De Jong to come. Top players want to go to the top winning clubs.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

De Jong is valued at 53 million and earns 470,000k a week… Crazy money.

Last edited 1 month ago by Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago

This is what I mean. I thought it was 400k, which would still put him 50k above Salah..we aren’t the wealthiest club in the PL (nowhere near) so not sure why anyone would expect us to pay the highest wage in the PL.

While we ‘could’ afford it in isolation, such a big outlay on one player has knock-on effects. If De Jong got 400k, it raises the levels across the club. The likes of United and Barca pay their average players silly money.

There is also the chance he flops, and you are left with a very expensive turkey, AND all the knock-on effects.

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago

It’s just that he’s valued at €70m at transfermarkt. Unbelievable he’s still at Lazio

Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  Brick Top

Hopefully Tightwad gets a deal done.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

‘Image rights’ issues on deadline day? 🤔 😂

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

This seems more plausible than the Roma player, although being 27 won’t appeal to Levy vey much. Get it done.

at large
at large
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

I thought Levy was much older than 27.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  at large

No it’s true. He was four years old when he became Spurs chairman!

Paranoid Android
Paranoid Android
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

I didn’t realise Beelzebub aged..

at large
at large
1 month ago

I miss the like button so for now 🙂

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