Report: Paratici put ‘insistent pressure’ on club for defender this summer

Fabio Paratici
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Tottenham’s managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, put ‘insistent pressure’ on Inter Milan for Milan Skriniar this summer, according to a report from TuttoMercatoWeb. 

Spurs had been looking for defensive reinforcements during the transfer window and reportedly placed the 26-year-old firmly on their list of targets. 

The club’s former manager, Jose Mourinho, had also been keeping tabs on Skriniar’s situation last season and wanted to spearhead a move to bring the Slovakian to North London in 2020. 

The TuttoMercato report has claimed that Spurs chief Paratici showed a keen interest in the central defender and pushed hard to seal a deal this summer, though nothing came close to materialising. 

The Italian publication also revealed that the reigning Serie A champions received no offers more than €35 million (£30m), which allowed the club to remain firm on Skriniar’s future. 

Inter had been in financial turmoil throughout the summer and eventually sold Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea to ease pressure on the club. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Many were keen for Spurs to rebuild the defensive core over the summer, and the club began doing so with the signing of Cristian Romero.

Skriniar would have also been a nice addition to a stale backline, and the club has been keen before, but nothing seemed close this summer, to be honest. 

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