English interest in Stankovic confirmed
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
DEJAN STANKOVIC'S agent has confirmed to planetfootball.com that two clubs from England are tracking the Lazio star, but the player is looking to remain in Rome.
The Serbia & Montenegro star is considered by many in Italy to be the best central midfielder in Serie A.
Lazio do not underestimate his value and are desperately trying to negotiate a new contract, as Stankovic's current deal expires next June.
A host of clubs have been inundating his agent Vinicio Fioranelli with enquiries and potential offers.
The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been linked with a possible move for the man who Sven Goran Eriksson once described as the most 'complete player in the world'.
Fioranelli admitted that he was fielding call after call about his client's availability, but he tells them all the same thing.
"We are in negotiations with Lazio," Fioranelli explained to planetfootball.com.
"If not, then almost every Italian club has also made an offer, as everyone in Italy knows what a great player he is.
"We are continuing to talk with Lazio and his intention is to try and get a new contract sorted out.
"He has a great relationship with everyone at Lazio and the fans love him.
"But you never know, we are not saying no to anybody, just that we want to talk with Lazio and we will not talk with any other clubs while that is happening.
"We have not just had calls from Italy, clubs all over the world have been in contact, even Real Madrid."
Fioranelli confirmed that news of Stankovic's potential availability had spread to The Premiership. "Two clubs, two very important clubs in England have called me wanting to know Dejan's situation and I told them.
"England is an extremely important league with important clubs and Dejan would consider it, but Lazio is the priority."
Stankovic moved to Lazio in 1998 from Red Star Belgrade (now Crvena Zvezda) and has been a first team regular ever since, playing over 150 times for the Eternal City outfit.