Premier League clubs smash transfer record with £1.9billion spend
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Tottenham director Fabio Paratici is weighing up the idea of launching a cut-price bid to land Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in the January transfer window, according to reports. The north Londoners were one of the Premier League’s busiest clubs over the course of the summer transfer window, with Paratici having brought in a total of eight new players to boost Antonio Conte’s squad depth.
Tottenham were linked with a move for Skriniar throughout the summer but ultimately ended up missing out on a move for his signature before the capture of Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan deal. They are seemingly gearing up to renew their interest in the Inter man at the turn of the year, though, with Paratici believed to be eager to take advantage of his contract situation at the San Siro.
Those in power at Tottenham have decided that it would be ‘very convenient’ to chase a move for Skriniar on a pre-contract agreement in January if he fails to extend his stay at Inter between now and next year, according to FCInterNews. It is said that a meeting has been scheduled between Inter chiefs and Skriniar’s representatives to discuss the possibility of a new deal, but there is no guarantee that he will be prepared to commit his long-term future to the Italian giants by putting pen to paper.
Skriniar’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he is said to be holding out for an increased salary, with Inter only prepared to offer him an annual wage of around £4.8million as things stand. This figure is significantly less than the pay packet that was tabled by Paris Saint-Germain over the summer and the Ligue 1 giants are still believed to be keen on bringing Skriniar to the Parc des Princes if he decides against staying at Inter for the foreseeable future.
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It remains to be seen whether Tottenham will be able to beat PSG in the race to land Skriniar, who will be able to negotiate pre-contract deals with non-Italian clubs from January if he snubs the offer of an extension at Inter. His immediate future at the club is still far from certain, with the report stating that ‘the game is wide open and the ending is not so obvious’ with regards to where he will be playing his football in a year’s time.
Tottenham have already been urged to act on their interest in Skriniar by former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who waxed lyrical over the Slovakian defender when quizzed on his suitability to thrive in the Premier League earlier this year.
“[Eric] Dier was magnificent last year but Conte will want competition for places,” Robinson told Football Insider. “I think we will see another signing in that area.
“Skriniar would be a top signing. Dier was fantastic [last season] but when you look at where Spurs want to go, it is a squad game and Skriniar would give the manager real options at the back.
“If you bring in Lenglet and Skriniar to compete with [Cristian] Romero, Dier and Ben Davies you have a very strong back three regardless of who you play.”
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