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Tottenham target Ljajic keen to leave Fiorentina

ESPN staff
July 30, 2013
Adem Ljajic is apparently being distracted by the interest shown in him © Getty Images

The future of Fiorentina midfielder Adem Ljajic could be determined this week with the player indicating he favours a move away from the Viola - as there continues to be interest from Tottenham.

The Serbia international is locked in discussions with his club over a new contract, but Tottenham appear to be monitoring the player's situation, and there has been interest from Atletico Madrid, Olympique Lyonnais and AC Milan which has started to distract him, according to Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella.

"He's experiencing an internal conflict," Montella told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "He has not looked very serene in recent days. What can I say, there are economic problems which are not easy.

"I'm willing to wait, just as long as he's serene, and today he doesn't look all that serene. I'm still convinced that [staying with Fiorentina] would be the best solution for him."

The Viola have offered to double the player's wages, but are keen on stipulating a release clause in his new contract for a certain fee.

Should no agreement be reached, they may instead listen to offers for the Serbian, whose contract has just under a year left to run on it.

In that case, they are likely to prefer a bid from abroad, as they did with Stevan Jovetic, effectively ruling Milan out of the running for a player valued at €10 million.

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