Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur could bide their time with their rumoured interest in Arkadiusz Milik.
The Polish striker has entered the last twelve months of his contract at Napoli and could leave the club on a free transfer next summer.
With the Serie A side holding out for £32.5million in order to allow the 26-year-old to leave, Sheth suggested that Spurs may look to delay their interest and instead make a pre-contract offer in January and instead land hm on a free transfer next summer.
Sheth revealed that he had discussed the situation with his Sky Italia colleague Gianluca Di Marzio, who in turn admitted that Spurs are unlikely to meet Napoli’s current valuation.
Milik was earlier left out of the Napoli squad for their pre-season friendly against Serie B outfit Pescara.
Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho admitted during today’s press conference that he is hoping to bring in another forward before the transfer window closes (Evening Standard).
Sheth told Sky Sports: “Milik has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in the past few windows and the Napoli president – the quiet, shy, retiring Aurelio De Laurentiis – has said that he is up for sale, Kalidou Koulibaly is up for sale, all these players are up for sale provided a club meets their transfer fee.
“That is the big obstacle as far as Tottenham are concerned though. I spoke to Sky Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio and asked him about this link with Milik and Tottenham, and he said it was unlikely because Tottenham were unlikely to meet the £32.5m valuation that Napoli have put on Milik’s head.
“He’s entered the final year of his contract and Tottenham could sign him on a pre-contract agreement in January, so wait another three months and get him for free the following summer.
“Milik has been left out of the Napoli squad though for their pre-season friendly against Pescara, so that one is moving at the moment – maybe to another Italian club if Tottenham aren’t willing to put up that money.”
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