Report: Club may have to give up pursuit of Spurs player due to domestic squad rules

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AC Milan may have to give up their interest in Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga after Antonio Vitiello of MilanNews reported that Marko Lazetic from Red Star Belgrade would take up the final non-EU spot in the squad. 

The Rossoneri are on the verge of securing the signing of the 18-year-old forward after having a €5million bid including bonuses accepted earlier this week (TuttoMercatoWeb).

However, the capture of Lazetic could have a knock-on effect on the club’s chase for Tottenham’s Tanganga, with Milan said to be in talks over a potential loan move this month (BBC Sport). 

MilanNews reports that once Serbian youngster Lazetic is registered, he will take up the final of the two non-EU player slots permitted for each Serie A team. 

With the other taken up by England and former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, it could thrust their pursuit of Tanganga into doubt unless further movement is pencilled in ahead of the transfer deadline. 

Milan’s reported interest in Manchester United defender Eric Bailly (Gazzetta dello Sport) will also face a similar problem, with the Ivory Coast international currently not eligible to be registered as things stand. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

This is a caveat in a potential deal between AC Milan and Spurs as they have apparently hit the squad limit when it comes to non-EU players. Unless there is a clear-out, it makes a move for Tanganga look very unlikely as things stand. 

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