Spurs Dream of £100m Italian Summer Raid


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Tottenham Hotspur are considering a £100m summer raid on Lazio, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are the targets as the Lilywhites look to deliver silverware to their long-suffering supporters.

The FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United followed the Champions League exit to Juventus, ending their hopes for the club’s most promising squad to win a cup competition. That both defeats came at home rubbed salt into Tottenham’s wounds.

Facing a run of away games at the start of next season due to the late-running new White Hart Lane project, Mauricio Pochettino is determined to have a stronger squad and one which isn’t reliant upon Harry Kane, 24, and Dele Alli, 20, for goals.

With Europe’s elite clubs hovering over the pair and Christian Eriksen, 25, the Tottenham hierarchy are aware that their strict wage structure is going to make it difficult to hold onto star players who know they can double their wages elsewhere. Medals are the only things which will keep the players in north London.

The funds will come from the sale of fringe players and contract rebels. Danny Rose is wanted by Manchester United while Toby Alderweireld is being monitored by Barcelona. Other departures include Moussa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko, who has failed to impress since his arrival from Newcastle United two years ago.

Neither Lazio player will be an easy acquisition. The Romans are in no mood to sell striker Immobile while Milinkovic-Savic is attracting a lot of attention across the continent and from Manchester United. It’s debatable whether £100m will be enough to land both with the midfielder expected to fetch £60m on his own.