Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a huge boost in their bid to bring Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by 90min, who relayed the comments of Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri regarding the potential departure of the central midfielder – who has been heavily linked with a £68m move to Tottenham – in which the 63-year-old claimed that, should the Serbia international go on to leave Rome at the end of the current campaign, he will not be sold to another Serie A side.
Regarding the potential sale of the 27-year-old, Sarri said: “Speaking to the president, I have become convinced that if Milinkovic does leave, and that will not happen easily, he will not remain in Italy.”
Considering just how impressive Milinkovic-Savic has been for Lazio over the past seven years, in addition to the fact that Antonio Conte is reported to have prioritised the signing of a new central midfielder ahead of Tottenham’s 2022/23 campaign, Sarri’s update revealing that the Serbian will not remain in Italy this summer will certainly come as a huge boost to Paratici’s chances of landing the 27-year-old.
Indeed, the £63m-rated midfielder has proven over his 36 Serie A appearances this season just how good of a signing he would be for Spurs, bagging 11 goals, registering 11 assists and creating ten big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots, making 1.4 key passes and completing 1.2 dribbles per game.
The £95k-per-week talent has also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 0.9 interceptions, 1.9 tackles, 51.2 passes, 1.1 clearances and winning 6.9 duels – at a success rate of 51% – per fixture.
These metrics have seen the player who David Amoyal dubbed “unreal” average a rather breathtaking SofaScore match rating of 7.30, not only ranking him as Lazio’s best performer in the Italian top flight but also as the joint 10th-best player in the division as a whole.
Indeed, these extraordinary returns have also seen the KRC Genk starlet earn comparisons to some of Europe’s most prestigious midfield talents, with FBref data showing that the 27-year-old’s output is similar to that of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka.
As such, it is clear for all to see just how well suited Milinkovic-Savic would be to Conte’s tactical setup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, leading us to believe that Paratici must do all he can to convince the Serbian sensation of a move to north London this summer.