By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham are a step closer to signing Croatian international Milan Badelj after his agent demanded more money to stay at Fiorentina, according to reports.
The 27-year-old looks set to leave Italy as the contract offered to him has not satisfied agent Dejan Joksimovic, who feels he deserves a higher payment.
The Express, citing Italian newspaper Corriere Fiorentino, reported that Joksimovic said: “Either I get paid or the contract will not be renewed.
“There are top European clubs who are ready to make important offers for Badelj, there will be important news after the Euros.
“But at the moment it’s hard to see a future for Milan in Viola.”
Viola manager Paulo Sousa is reportedly looking to keep the midfielder, who played 27 league games this season, and would demand at least £7.9million for his services should he decide to leave.
Badelj was a target for Spurs in the January transfer window and since then he has continued to impress in defensive midfield for a Fiorentina side that finished fifth in Serie A.
Italian website Calcio Mercato claim Spurs are keen on the Croatia international, who has been dubbed ‘the new Luka Modric’ for his deep lying playmaker skills.
He playedthe full 90 minutes for Croatia in their first game at Euro 2016, a 1-0 win over Turkey on Sunday.
Badelj’s midfield partner Modric was the hero that day, scoring a volley from outside the box and in that match the pair worked well to combat the threat of Ardu Turan.
Fiorentina’s new director of football Pantaleo Corvino is supposedly leading the bid to keep Badelj in Italy and will meet him after he finishes his duties in France.
In other Tottenham news, Jermaine Jenas has said which Spurs player he thinks must start the next game at Euro 2016.