Lazio Not in The Hunt for Milan Badelj

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Serie A club Lazio are not in the hunt to sign Croatian midfielder Milan Baldelj this summer, agent Dejan Joksimovic has revealed.

The Capital outfit had yet another impressive season in the Italian Serie A as they finished in fifth place.

Baldelj, who has been a regular performer for Fiorentina, came close to linking up with AC Milan during the winter transfer window before the deal collapsed. He has since been linked with a whole host of clubs including Lazio in recent weeks, but his representative has denied any talks with the Rome-based club.

“I haven’t had contact with Lazio,” Dejan Joksimovic told the LazioPress.“I can say that it’s too early to talk about the future of my client. His contract with Fiorentina expires next year, so I think there’s a good chance of leaving Florence in the summer transfer window.”

Baldelj currently has just a year left on his La Viola contract, and his reluctance to extend his deal has urged the club to look into potential suitors for his services. Both Tottenham and Chelsea were credited with an interest for Baldelj following his Euro 2016 showing last year, but it appears that they have now shifted their attention elsewhere for this summer.

The 28-year-old graduated through the youth ranks at Dinamo Zagreb, and he made the first-team just when club favourite Luka Modric left for Tottenham Hotspur. He therein enjoyed five successful seasons with the Croatian giants before switch his allegiance to the Florence club.

Fiorentina have struggled to compete with some of Italy's top clubs including Juventus and AS Roma in terms of marquee signings, and it appears that Baldelj is prepared to move on with Lazio among the key suitors for his signature.

Simone Inzaghi's side missed to lift the Italian Cup against Juventus earlier last month, but they will consider the defeat as a positive as they look to compete for a top-four finish, which guarantees Champions League football from next season.


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