Report: Spurs open talks to sign Milan Badelj from Fiorentina; is he really needed?

Tottenham are reportedly pursuing a deal for Fiorentina's Milan Badelj.

According to Calcio Mercato, Tottenham have opened talks with Thursday's Europa League opponents Fiorentina over signing midfielder Milan Badelj this summer.

Badelj, 26, emerged as a youngster with Dinamo Zagreb, much like players such as Dejan Lovren, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Niko Kranjcar and Mario Mandzukic did, but moved on to Hamburg in 2012 before joining Fiorentina two years later.

A regular of the Fiorentina side ever since that move, Badelj in fact came on as a substitute against Spurs in the Europa League last week, playing half an hour as the two sides drew 1-1.

Now, the two sides are meeting again at White Hart Lane on Thursday night in the second leg of their clash, and Calcio Mercato claim that Tottenham and Fiorentina actually met to discuss a potential summer deal for Badelj.

A Croatian international alongside former Spurs star Modric, Badelj is a well rounded midfielder with good passing ability, and can play in front of the back four or even further forward - but is that what Spurs need right now?

Mauricio Pochettino has so many central midfielders at his disposal; Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Dele Alli, Tom Carroll and Joshua Onomah are all vying for roles right now, whilst Harry Winks is also coming up through the ranks.

To bring in a new midfielder, Pochettino would almost certainly have to let one go - and it's unclear who would be on the chopping block. If Spurs are to bring in another midfielder, it should be somebody to cover for Eric Dier; a powerful, defensive midfielder who can slot back in to play as part of a back three when needed.

Badelj isn't really that type of player, and there doesn't appear to be much room for him to play a role elsewhere, unless a player like Bentaleb is sold this summer, which would be a surprise. A good player Badelj may be, but Spurs have other areas which should be prioritised right now.

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