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Serie A Midfielder Is On Tottenham Hotspur’s Radar This Summer: What Will He Add To Mourinho’s Side?

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According to a recent report by Foot Mercato, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is on Tottenham Hotspur‘s radar this summer after Jose Mourinho has identified him as a potential target who could bolster his midfield options at North London. The same source has also revealed that the Spurs boss has the financial resources to carry out a deal for the Serbian playmaker who has previously been tracked by Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Milinkovic-Savic’s Impressive Form At The Italian Capital

The 25-year-old has enjoyed another productive season at the Stadio Olimpico after producing several impressive performances at the heart of Simone Inzaghi’s midfield. He has banged in six goals and grabbed seven assists in 34 matches for the Italian outfit this term in all competitions. However, Milinkovic-Savic has a poor disciplinary record as he has picked up nine yellow cards during this campaign.

The Serbian international has been an all-round performer for Lazio at the centre of the park as evidenced by his average of 1.9 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.6 clearances, 2.1 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in the Serie A and the UEFA Europa League this season. However, he has been quite sloppy with his ball-distribution after completing 77.4% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Milinkovic-Savic has also earned 21 senior caps for the Serbian national team but is yet to net his first goal for his homeland. Maybe a summer switch to the Premier League could offer him a platform that would elevate his game to the next level for both his club and country in the years to come.

Milinkovic Savic is on Tottenham Hotspur's radar this summer (Milinkovic Savic seen in the photo)
Lazio’s midfielder from Serbia Sergej Milinkovic-Savic reacts during the Serie A football match between Lazio and Bologna at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on February 29, 2020. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The Serbian International Add To Mourinho’s Team?

Milinkovic-Savic is a tireless worker in midfield and can make some driving runs with the ball in the opposition half. He has proven himself to be a driving force for Lazio at the centre of the park after adding plenty of goals and assists to his game over the past couple of seasons. However, the Serbian sensation can be a bit more ruthless in the final third if he intends to be a household name in European football someday.

What makes Milinkovic-Savic such an all-round performer for his current employers is his tenacity to win the ball back in midfield. He can use his incredible strength to overpower the opposition and establish his team’s dominance in the middle of the pitch.

Milinkovic-Savic will not only add more goals and creativity to Mourinho’s midfield but also enhance the quality of his squad if he decides to join Spurs this summer. Plus, he will be a significant upgrade over Giovani Lo Celso, Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp and Moussa Sissoko at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next season. At 25, the Serbian is currently playing at his prime which Mourinho could look to benefit from in the coming seasons.

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