Report: Serie A club to offer pay rise to star to keep him out of Spurs’ clutches 

Fabio Paratici
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CalcioMercato have claimed that Inter Milan are trying to tie down Milan Skriniar to a new contract amid fears that Tottenham will look to raid them for the centre-back following Antonio Conte’s arrival in North London.

Following Conte’s appointment last week, the Italian has been backed to raid his former club for several of their players. Stefan De Vrij, Marcelo Brozovic and Nicolo Barella have all been mooted as potential January targets for Spurs.

Another Inter star who was previously on Tottenham’s radar was Skriniar, with the 26-year-old being heavily linked with a move to the Lilywhites in the summer of 2020 as well as this summer.

Speaking last month, Fabio Paratici denied that the Slovakian international was a player that Spurs were looking to bring in.

However, CalcioMercato have now claimed that Skriniar is a player that continues to be on Paratici’s radar and Inter fear Spurs could pounce for the defender following Conte’s appointment.

In order to keep the centre-back away from the clutches of Tottenham and the other interested clubs, it is explained that the Nerrazuri have moved to offer a new deal to the player, whose current contract runs out in 2023.

It is stated that the reigning Serie A champions are prepared to increase Skriniar’s salary from €3m (£2.5m) a year to €4m (£3.4m) a year.

Spurs Web Opinion 

If Spurs are to raid Inter for a defender in January, I suspect it is more likely to be De Vrij than Skriniar. Given what Conte expects of the central defensive sweeper in his system, the Dutchman would be a readymade natural fit for the role, something that Spurs currently lack in their squad. 

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