Club confirm centre-back allegedly wanted by Spurs has signed new contract

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In news that comes as a potential blow to Tottenham, Fiorentina have officially confirmed that rumoured centre-back target Nikola Milenkovic has signed a new contract with the club.

Over the last couple of months, reports have indicated that Tottenham are expected to sign another centre-back this summer, with Japhet Tanganga backed to follow Joe Rodon through the exit door (talkSPORT).

Milenkovic was said to be one of the options on the North London club’s radar, with La Nazione claiming last week that Spurs were keen on snapping up the Serbian international.

The report stated that the Serie A club could potentially explore a swap deal for Giovani Lo Celso if Spurs make advances toward the 24-year-old.

Corriere Fiorentino (02/08/22 via Sport Witness) had also claimed that Antonio Conte is a big fan of Milenkovic, who was said to be of interest to Arsenal and Sevilla too (according to Firenze Viola).

However, Fiorentina have now confirmed on their official website that the centre-back has put pen to paper on a new deal that runs until 2027.

Milenkovic said on signing the new contract: “I love this club and this city. I am excited and happy to stay at Fiorentina. The club has shown that it has great ambition. 

“The goal is to improve what we did last year in Serie A, and win the Europa Conference League. It would be great. I thank the fans, they give us a big push. Playing at the Franchi will be tough for everyone.”

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Either Tottenham never really made a concrete approach for Milenkovic or the Serbian was not convinced that he would get sufficient game time at the North London club. I would not be surprised if Conte now abandons the pursuit of a centre-back and decides to keep Japhet Tanganga at the club until January. 

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