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Conte stopped defensive star from joining Tottenham despite £30million bid

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Milan Skriniar in action against Tottenham. (GETTY Images)

Former Chelsea manager stopped Milan Skriniar from leaving Inter Milan for Tottenham

A report by Italian outlet CalcioMercato.com (h/t Football.london) states that Inter Milan received a big bid from Tottenham Hotspur for Milan Skriniar but it still didn’t meet their transfer valuation.

Antonio Conte made a ‘request’ to stop the transfer as Skriniar came close to joining Spurs. This is in spite of the Slovakian international falling out with his manager, which led to the transfer links in the first place.

The North London side’s £30million bid fell short of the £43million price tag that I Nerazzurri put on the 26-year-old. And the reason why Conte opted to keep him was that he wanted him to adjust to his 3-man defensive system in a better way.

Tottenham Hotspur made a transfer bid for Milan Skriniar but were rebuffed by Antonio Conte.
Tottenham Hotspur made a transfer bid for Milan Skriniar but were rebuffed by Antonio Conte.

If Spurs do want to go back in for him, then his valuation is £52million. That sounds like a big amount but it might be warranted.

What could have been…

That is because of his role in Inter’s title charge this season. The former Sampdoria defender has played 22 Serie A games this season as his side sits pretty at the top of the league table.

Conte’s decision to keep him has surely worked out well for him. He even has 3 goals in the league so far and may well lead his team to their first Scudetto since 2010, a title they won with the current Spurs manager, Jose Mourinho, at the helm.

Milan Skriniar was a transfer target for Spurs in the summer. (GETTY Images)
Milan Skriniar was a transfer target for Spurs in the summer. (GETTY Images)

Skriniar would undoubtedly have been a brilliant buy for The Lilywhites. He is arguably at the prime of his career and his experience and quality could have propelled the club to greater heights.

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Nevertheless, Spurs are not doing too badly when it comes to their chances of landing silverware. They are still in the UEFA Europa League and have an EFL Cup final to look forward to.

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