Tottenham have reportedly made an approach to sign Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, who has drawn comparisons with former White Hart Lane favourite Luka Modric.
Spurs officials reportedly met with the 26-year-old’s representatives in Florence last Thursday before the club’s Europa League clash with a view to a possible summer switch, according to Italian website CalcioMercato.
Badelj, who is understand to carry a transfer fee of just £5.5million this summer, is a key player for Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa, and he is determined to keep the 17-times capped Croatia international.
However, his future at the club is in serious doubt after the player’s agent Dejan Joksimovic threatened the Serie A side over claims that he has not been paid his commission since his client moved to Italy from Hamburg in 2014.
But Fiorentina have underplayed Badelj’s agent’s requests.
The report adds Badelj has already told his agent he would like to play for Tottenham should he leave Fiorentina.
Spurs targeted Badelj in 2012 when he was playing for Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb and it seems as if they have now renewed their interest in him after holding talks in Italy to discuss the player’s situation.
Badelj has scored one goal in 24 matches this season and it is understood that Valencia are also interested in securing his services.