Maurizio Sarri says Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will not remain in Italy if the Serie A sell – amid reports Tottenham are keen. Sarri has spoken to Lazio president Claudio Lotito regarding Milinkovic-Savic’s future.
Milinkovic-Savic, 27, has enjoyed another wonderful season with Lazio. He continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League. Reports in April claim that Tottenham want him, and could go in for him if they get fourth.
Clocking up 46 appearances, the Serbia international has had a hand in 23 goals – scoring 11 and creating 12. He fits exactly what Antonio Conte wants from a midfielder, progressive midfielders that work hard and contribute.
Speaking after Milinkovic-Savic scored a 96th minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Juventus on Monday night, ex-Chelsea boss Sarri gave an update on his midfielder’s future. Sarri says he will leave Italy, if he is to go.
“Speaking with the president I am convinced that if he goes away, and it is not an easy thing, he will not stay in Italy,” Sarri said, as quoted by Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb following Monday night’s dramatic 2-2 draw.
Sarri on Tottenham target Milinkovic-Savic: Spurs need him
Yesterday, we wrote the need for Tottenham to not only bring in a midfielder – but a midfielder that can add something in the final third, but also contribute as a midfield screen. Milinkovic-Savic can do both.
Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg offer that midfield screen, and the ability to progress possession in defence to attack. But they lack the goals and assists that Antonio Conte might want from deep.
It would take the pressure off Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. So, while Milinkovic-Savic would be hugely expensive at £67.5million, Spurs need a big signing and Sarri’s comments will surely encourage Spurs.
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