Sporting director’s revelation may come as boost to Spurs’ reported midfielder pursuit

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
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Tottenham’s prospects of landing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic may have just received a boost after Lazio sporting director, Igli Tare, hinted that the midfielder will be allowed to make a decision on his future this summer.

Milinkovic-Savic has been a long-term target for Spurs (Mirror) and the Daily Mail suggested last week that the North Londoners could rekindle their interest in the midfielder after Jose Mourinho urged the club to move for the Serbian.

However, Sky Italia poured cold water over the speculation this week by revealing that Lazio were confident of holding on to the 25-year-old beyond the summer.

The report suggested that the club were set to extend the midfielder’s contract, which previously ran until 2023, by a year.

However, Tare has now revealed that the Serie A club are open to the possibility of selling Milinkovic-Savic and that the final decision could well come down to the player himself.

In an interview to Sky Italia (as relayed by the Daily Mail), Tare said: “The player’s desire is crucial. Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn’t be a problem.

“Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.’

“When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way. However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”

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This certainly is a departure from the strict ‘not for sale’ message that Lazio have maintained over the last few years and suggests that they are looking to cash in on Milinkovic-Savic to help ease their financial owes. However, I do not expect us to move for him as he will be out of our price range.

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