Fabrizio Romano reveals Spurs were ‘not preparing any bid’ for defender

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Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Tottenham were ‘not preparing any bid’ for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic after the Serbian signed a new contract with the Serie A club this week.

It was confirmed yesterday that Milenkovic, 23, has agreed to sign a contract extension with La Viola, keeping him in Italy until June 2023.

The central defender, who can also play as a right-back, was not only on the radar of Spurs, but was allegedly close to joining London rivals West Ham before negotiations eventually broke down.

With Milenkovic’s new deal in Italy, Romano revealed an update on social media, claiming that Spurs did not intend to make an offer to Fiorentina any time soon.

He posted on Twitter: “Tottenham were not preparing any bid to sign Milenkovic – it was only one of many options. No Pau Torres too.”

Spurs have been looking to restructure their defensive line all summer, but have only added Argentina star Cristian Romero from Atalanta so far.

The club’s director of football Fabio Paratici has also been in talks with Bologna for Takehiro Tomiyasu over a rumoured £17 million move, but Sky Sports have reported that talks have been slow.

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A move for Milenkovic can probably be ruled out now for Spurs, with any potential deal costing more due to his contract extension. Even though it is a relatively short-term contract, it would probably be logical for Spurs to move on and re-focus their attention on progressing talks with Bologna for Tomiyasu.

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