Tottenham Hotspur have learned how much it may cost to sign Sasa Kalajdzic after the Stuttgart striker seemingly cast aside another Premier League suitor.
Kalajdzic is entering the final year of his contract with Stuttgart, so looks likely to leave. He has been admired by a number of clubs competing at a higher level than the side who came 15th in the Bundesliga last season.
For example, six clubs – including four in the Premier League, of which Tottenham were one – were recently named as the contenders for his signature.
Now, his shortlist appears to have been condensed. According to Bild, he is linked with Tottenham, their former manager Jose Mourinho’s Roma, and their fellow Premier League side Brighton.
The latter are said to be concrete admirers as they look to add goals to their attack. In fact, Kalajdzic’s agent has been in England to field Premier League interest.
But the Brighton route does not seem to appeal to Kalajdzic, since they are not a club of European stature. Instead, he could play in the Champions League with Tottenham or Europa League with Roma.
If Tottenham want to win the race to sign the Austria international, they will have to make an offer above €25m to Stuttgart. At present, that means he would be costing around £21.5m.
Stuttgart will hold out for their valuation to be met. If it is not, they will offer Kalajdzic a contract extension until 2024, with a salary increase. Thereby, they would not lose him for free the following year.
As things stand, though, Tottenham could prise him away before then. The two-metre-tall forward has long been on their shortlist and could now arrive as support for Harry Kane.
Tottenham move may be preferable for Sasa Kalajdzic
Meanwhile, he only views a move to Serie A with Roma as a back-up option, should other avenues fall through. Although Brighton are showing the most concrete interest, a transfer to Tottenham looks most feasible for Kalajdzic should they firm up their interest.
With Champions League football on offer, he could well lean towards that route. Although he would have to rotate with Kane and Son Heung-min, he would seem suited to the Premier League.
Antonio Conte could rotate his options up front, utilising Kalajdzic when there is a need for even more presence there.
Whether Spurs are willing to spend the required sum to get him, only time will tell.