Tottenham could unearth a potential new Luka Modric in Torino play-maker Sasa Lukic.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Jose Mourinho’s side are very much interested in the 24-year-old, and that they have had their eye on the midfielder for quite some time now.
It’s been suggested by Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) that Spurs could face competition from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace for his signature, although there has been no mention of a bid just yet.
Comparing someone of Modric’s proven class to Lukic seems a bold call to make, but the Torino man’s ability to dictate the play in the middle of the park is very reminiscent of the former Tottenham and current Real Madrid star.
His performances for Serbia in the UEFA Nations League this season have seen him at his free-flowing best, where he’s been tasked with being the side’s chief talisman in midfield.
As per Whoscored, he averages an impressive two key passes and 1.3 shots per game in the competition, which are both better than what Modric has managed in La Liga this year – 1.4 and 1.2 respectively.
And, just like the Croatian, Lukic doesn’t shirk his defensive responsibilities either, getting himself stuck into challenges. He manages three tackles and one interception per match, again better than what Modric has averaged this campaign – 1.2 and 1.4.
A piece on his style of play by Breaking The Lines showcases just how akin to Modric he is, noting: “Lukic has above-average technical and tactical means, which will enable him to excel in any midfield position, as well as the rare virtue of vision, which, if exploited, will pave his way to becoming a fine play-maker – a rarity in modern football.”
Both in his time at Spurs and now Madrid, Modric has been best known for his silky dribbling and incredible passing. In the £4.5m-rated Lukic, Daniel Levy could find something similar, and at just 24, the Torino magician has got plenty of time to come into his own.
Given his ability with the ball, and his defensive work off it, he seems a perfect fit for Mourinho and what the Portuguese man wants from a player.