Tottenham Hotspur could soon make a move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, with a view to signing the Slovakian on a free transfer when his contract ends next summer.
Despite seven new signings at Tottenham this summer, the central defensive area is one that has been earmarked as needing further reinforcements.
Clement Lenglet’s season-long loan from Barcelona does not include any purchase option (TottenhamHotspur.com), which suggests the Frenchman will not remain in North London beyond this arrangement.
Spurs were linked with a whole host of talented central defenders over the summer, but no permanent transfer was completed.
Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni was considered a primary target early in the transfer window (Football.London), and there is a chance Fabio Paratici may try to sign the young Italian again next year (Dharmesh Sheth via GiveMeSport).
Now though, it appears Bastoni’s teammate Milan Skriniar is the one once again being linked with Tottenham.
Skriniar looked set to leave the Serie A side this summer, but the club decided to keep hold of him a little longer (Gazzetta dello Sport). The defender is in the final year of his contract though and will be available on a free transfer next summer.
According to FCInterNews, there is a meeting planned between Inter Milan and Skriniar’s representatives before the end of October with a view to renewing his contract. However, the financial troubles of Inter could well jeopardise these negotiations.
The report from FCInterNews suggests that, as long as French side PSG don’t come knocking in January, the Premier League ‘temptation’ could be something to look out for.
Spurs are named specifically in the report as another likely suitor, and we know Paratici has a track record with free transfers.
The report does conclude by saying “the game is wide open, and the ending is not so obvious,” so where Skriniar plays next year is still very much anyone’s guess at this stage.
Spurs Web Opinion
Milan Skriniar feels like exactly the kind of player Antonio Conte would want in this Spurs team, and if we can get him for free, then it should be a no-brainer. He’s aggressive, experienced, and understands Conte’s demands perfectly.
Let’s just hope PSG don’t revive their interest and turn his head with a big money offer, and then hopefully the lure of playing in England’s top flight will be enough to tempt him to North London.
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