As Fabio Paratici presses for a transfer, Milan Skriniar’s attitude on joining Tottenham
Spurs have been linked with a move for Milan Skriniar, with the north London club in need of a new centre-back.
Despite Tottenham’s interest, Milan Skriniar is said to want to stay at Inter Milan this summer. The Slovakian defender has previously been connected with Spurs, and those links have resurfaced when Fabio Paratici was appointed as director of football.
Inter won Serie A for the first time in a decade last season, with Skriniar starting 31 games.
He has two years left on his Inter deal after joining from Sampdoria in 2017.
Inter are said to have paid £51.5 million for the centre-back, who is now managed by Simone Inzaghi.
Even if Tottenham were willing to spend that kind of money, Skriniar, according to Calciomercato, wants to stay at Inter.
The defender is said to have declared his affection for the Serie A club, as evidenced by his decision to fire his agency and negotiate a new contract with the club himself.
“Yes, it is true,” he remarked after signing the new contract in 2019. I canceled my prior agent’s contract and decided to represent myself.
“I am ecstatic and honored to be able to continue wearing this shirt for another three years.”
Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez are both expected to leave Tottenham this summer, thus the club is looking for a new centre-back.
Spurs surrendered 45 goals in 38 games last season, resulting in a Premier League seventh-place finish.
Skriniar might become the second defender to turn down a move to Tottenham, with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde expected to do the same.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, the French international prefers to participate in the Europa League or Champions League rather than the inaugural Europa Conference League, which Tottenham has qualified for.
This means Chelsea or Manchester United may be able to beat Spurs to Kounde’s signing.
Both teams are expected to place a higher priority on other choices or positions, thus Kounde could stay at Sevilla for another season.
Tottenham is also allegedly interested in Southampton striker Danny Ings, but not as a replacement for Harry Kane.
Southampton’s contract with Ings expires in a year, so they may try to trade him this summer to prevent losing him for nothing next season.
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