According to an update by journalist Nicolo Schira, Tottenham Hotspur have ‘opened talks‘ with agent Fali Ramadani over signing 6 foot 4 powerhouse Nikola Maksimovic in a late January call – coming as the 29-year-old’s contract expires in June.
Spurs open talks for Maksimovic
Previously, another reporter revealed Spurs’ interest in signing Maksimovic – with Gianluigi Longari recently claiming that Spurs were ‘ready’ to meet his wage demands (Il Napoli Online via Sport Witness).
Indeed, time is running out for Napoli to offer the centre-back an extension on his current deal which runs out in the summer, but these reports suggest he is unlikely to sign a new contract.
Now, in an update from Schira, Tottenham have apparently ‘opened talks‘ to sign Maksimovic and are in contact with his agent Ramadani – with chairman Daniel Levy potentially eyeing a bargain in this late January call.
Transfer Tavern take
The Lilywhites appear to have signing a new centre-back on their agenda judging by their past negotiations to sign Milan Skriniar (Gianluca Di Marzio), but Maksimovic could come as a viable alternative.
Amassing a 94.8% pass accuracy in his five Serie A starts this season (WhoScored), and standing at a towering height, Maksimovic appears to fit the profile of a Jose Mourinho-type defender akin to Skriniar – who has managed 92.6% pass accuracy by comparison.
Inter Milan reportedly wanted around €60 million (£52.9 million) for the Slovakian, and Maksimovic could potentially come as a much cheaper alternative if he does join in the summer as a free agent.
In other news: Daniel Levy is eyeing this £17.65m-rated ‘gem’ for Spurs, find out more here.
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