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Tottenham Hotspur: Milan Skriniar could be an “unreal” prospective signing

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move to bring Milan Skriniar to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a recent report by Italian media outlet Calciomercato (via Sport Witness), who claim that Inter Milan have made the centre-back a final contract renewal offer of €7m (£6.2m) per season – roughly £120k per week – although it is said that the Serie A giants are not overly confident that the 27-year-old will accept these terms.

The report adds that, with the Slovakia international’s current deal at the San Siro set to expire at the end of the current campaign, there is a very real chance that Skriniar could leave the Nerazzurri on a free this summer, with Spurs and Paris Saint-Germain both claimed to be keeping a very close eye on the defender’s situation.

With this in mind, Simone Inzaghi’s side are believed to already be drawing up a shortlist of potential candidates to replace the centre-back ahead of the 2023/24 campaign. One target is believed to be Tottenham’s own Japhet Tanganga, about whom the Nerazzurri have already contacted Spurs in order to determine whether they would be open to selling the 23-year-old.

“Unreal”

Considering just how much success Antonio Conte has enjoyed with Skriniar in the heart of his defence in the past, coupled with the 27-year-old who PSG reportedly lodged a €70m (£62m) bid for last summer now looking to be available to sign for nothing this summer, the argument that the centre-back would be an unreal signing on a free is an extremely easy one to make.

Indeed, over his 32 Serie A appearances in the Nerazzurri’s title-winning campaign back in 2020/21, the £53m-rated defender was a rock in Conte’s backline, helping Inter keep 12 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 2.7 clearances and winning 3.5 duels – at a success rate of 52% – per game.

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The £95k-per-week talent also impressed going forwards that season, hitting the back of the net three times, in addition to playing an average of 2.6 long balls, making 0.3 key passes and completing 62.2 passes – at a success rate of 92% – per match.

These returns saw the 54-cap international who FotMob’s Andy Castell labelled “unreal” and journalist Siavoush Fallahi dubbed a “monster” average a simply sensational Sofascore match rating of 7.07, ranking him as the seventh-best performer in Conte’s squad that term.

As such, considering just how well-suited Skriniar quite clearly is to the 53-year-old’s particular tactical setup and style of football, coupled with the fact the defender – who was the subject of a £62m bid just a matter of months ago – likely to be available to sign on a free transfer, it is indeed easy to argue that signing the Slovakian would be an unreal coup for Fabio Paratici to pull off next summer.