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Tottenham: Spurs ready to make Milan Skriniar offer

Tottenham: Spurs ready to make Milan Skriniar offer - Premier League News

Tottenham Hotspur are ready to make an offer for Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar, according to a report from TEAMtalk on Saturday afternoon.

The Lowdown: Tottenham’s Skriniar links

Spurs’ links to Skriniar are nothing new, with Football Insider reporting in April 2021 that the club’s then-manager Jose Mourinho was eyeing him for a summer transfer swoop.

However, the move did not transpire, with Calciomercato claiming that the defender had no interest in a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and instead wanted to commit his future to Inter.

It was recently reported by the same news outlet that Spurs are again in the running to sign the Slovakian, and it now looks as though Antonio Conte is going to take that interest one step further by making an official offer…

The Latest: Skriniar in Conte’s sights

According to transfer expert Graeme Bailey, who spoke to TEAMtalk, the Lilywhites are now ‘ready’ to make an offer for the 27-year-old, whose contract is set to expire in 2023 and will therefore be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.

There will be stiff competition for his signature, though, with several top Premier League clubs and Paris Saint-Germain all interested, while Inter still believe that they can convince him to stay.

The Verdict: Get it done?

Conte has been presented with a fantastic opportunity to bolster his defence with the signing of a player in his peak years, without the sizeable transfer fee which would usually be attached, with Skriniar having previously been valued at just under €60m (£53m).

Furthermore, the 6 foot 2 enforcer is used to playing in a three-man defence with that system being deployed by Simone Inzaghi at Inter in every match so far this season, so he would not take long to adapt to Conte’s chosen style of play.

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Lauded as a ‘monster‘ by Serie A analyst Marco Messina and ‘one of the best free agents who could ever become available‘ by Bailey, the Slovakian specialises in his ability on the ball. That is highlighted by an average pass completion percentage of 92.1% per 90 over the past year, placing him in the 97th percentile compared to his positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues.

With Tottenham struggling defensively this season, conceding the most goals of any team in the top eight of the Premier League, Skriniar would be an ideal signing for Conte.

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