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Neil Moxley of the Mirror wrote that Spurs are prepared to spend upwards of £100 million on the pair, who are among the hottest assets in Italy’s top flight after leading Lazio to within distance of UEFA Champions League qualification.
Moxley reported that manager Mauricio Pochettino wishes to retain the core of his squad but is looking to improve in certain areas, with central midfield being one of them.
Milinkovic-Savic, 23, has enjoyed a terrific season at the Stadio Olimpico this term and has Lazio on the verge of clinching a spot in Europe’s premier competition, as well as breaking personal bests in goal production, per Statman Dave:
Statman Dave @StatmanDave
Sergej Milinković-Savić has now been directly involved in 14 goals in Serie A this season, his best ever return in his career (10 goals & 4 assists). #MUFC https://t.co/C1hSRMZRMN
Immobile has broke new ground this term, too, netting 41 times in all competitions in his second season at the club. Harry Kane reigns as the frontman of choice under Pochettino, however, and it’s doubtful whether Immobile would be content without a guaranteed start.
Kane, 24, has emerged as arguably the most valuable piece of the Spurs puzzle in recent years, but The Independent pointed to evidence of Immobile becoming a whirlwind force in Serie A:
Indy Football @IndyFootball
Ciro Immobile scored again in Serie A today… 🇮🇹⚽️ That’s 29 in 31 matches. He becomes the first Italian since Antonio Di Natale in 09/10 to reach that milestone in the league. https://t.co/9dyRzoGwFg
According to Moxley’s report, Tottenham are willing to let Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Toby Alderweireld—who has an awkward contract clause that could lead to a sale—leave the club.
Milinkovic-Savic would provide the kind of box-to-box presence Pochettino simply doesn’t boast in any of his current personnel, although the Telegraph‘s Ali Tweedale has spoken highly of the potential in their current ranks:
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Spurs should do everything to keep Dembele but people seem to have short memories. They managed pretty well without him for the first half of the season, including outplaying the European champions twice with Harry Winks in midfield.
There’s little doubt a star like Dembele, 30, should be kept around in north London if possible, but Milinkovic-Savic, also heavily rumoured as a target for Manchester United, would be an upgrade in the engine room.
Some questions will also be raised regarding Spurs offering £100 million or more—a very modest fee for two such talented players—and Milinkovic-Savic recently addressed rumours of a Lazio exit, per Yahoo Sport UK:
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Milinkovic-Savic on #MUFC rumours: “Everyone is telling their own version, but I’m not thinking about my future at all… Now that I have recovered I can concentrate on what is important: my performance and results with Lazio.” 💪 https://t.co/2PhFTtXT98
Of the two Lazio stars mentioned, one would think central star Milinkovic-Savic should be targeted as a priority, given the north Londoners are seemingly content with Kane as their starting option in attack.
But much will depend on Lazio’s end-of-season run-in and how they fare in the push for Champions League qualification, with that fate likely to heavily impact their chances of retaining their top players.