Tottenham join hunt for Milinkovic-Savic after recent scouting mission

Tottenham Hotspur are the latest Premier League side to join the hunt for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

Widely linked with Manchester United in the summer, Serbia World Cup midfielder Milinkovic-Savic remained at Lazio and the Italian giants now face a huge task in retaining the 23-year-old.

The Daily Mirror names Tottenham as one of three Premier League sides to have scouted Milinkovic-Savic in Lazio’s recent 4-1 victory over Genoa, where the eight-cap Serbia international scored his first Serie A goal of the season.

Representatives from Manchester City and Liverpool were also in attendance as they keep tabs on Milinkovic-Savic, as Lazio battle to try and extend the contract of a player whose current deal still has a number of seasons remaining – coming to a close in 2022.

A realistic target?

Being linked to a player like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be extremely exciting for Tottenham fans but the reality is that bringing the Serbia international to North London is a task that Mauricio Pochettino’s side will surely not complete given their past.

Rated at a whopping £81m by Transfermarkta deal for Milinkovic-Savic would blow Tottenham’s current club-record fee paid for Davinson Sanchez out of the water and there is questions as to whether the club could even afford such a deal.

Securing a player like Milinkovic-Savic ahead of rivals like Liverpool and Manchester City would send a real statement of intent out to the rest of the Premier League however, but Spurs would likely have to offload one of their heavy-hitters first if they were to finance a deal.