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Sky Sports: Tottenham to miss out on major target, deal being closed elsewhere

Hertha Berlin are nearing closer towards signing Tottenham Hotspur target Krzystof Piatek, according to Sky Sports.

The report added that representatives from the German side are in Italy and will discuss a potential €27 million (£22.8m) deal with Milan chiefs.

The 23-year-old’s potential departure from the San Siro is quite surprising when considering that he only joined Milan in January 2019 from Genoa.

Tottenham have been heavily linked with the Poland international as the Lilywhites are currently without first choice number nine Harry Kane and the Spurs talisman is only expected to return to action towards the end of this season.

Berlin, who are languishing on the lower half of the standings in the Bundesliga, are also not the most attractive club for a player of his ability to move to.

Piatek’s father Wladyslaw did however recently tell Polish newspaper Sportowefakty that he hopes that his son can move to a club and play as regularly as possible in order to make the Poland squad ahead of the Euro 2020 tournament.

Whilst Berlin will not be able to offer him European football like Tottenham could, they will probably be able to offer him regular game time.

“After the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it was decided in advance that Krzys would be a substitute. He would have to suddenly explode with form to return to the team,” said Wladyslaw as reported by Sportowefakty.

“At first everything was fine, but the team stopped playing after the release of coach Gennaro Gattuso. It is difficult to say what plan they have for Milan. Apparently there will be major staff changes; leading players like Krzys, Suso, [Lucas] Paqueta and [Hakan] Calhanoglu are on the transfer list. The club wants money for them for new players.

“A lot of clubs ask about Krzys. There are loan offers, but Milan is not interested because they want to sell. I think everyone is waiting for next week. Then Krzys’s future will be decided.

“Krzys wants to define himself, what he wants, what his plans are. He certainly does not agree with the role of the substitute. He wants to play to be in shape for Euro [2020], so he must perform regularly. If he can’t count on it in Milan, he would willingly change club.

“I think he is most interested in the English league. It seems to me that Krzys is already mentally focused on leaving. Of course, if nobody puts out the money, it may turn out that Krzys will not go anywhere, but for English teams €30m (£25.4m) is not a lot.”

Tottenham are currently using Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura as makeshift number nines but this is not an ideal situation for Jose Mourinho’s side as it involves using the duo outside of their natural positions.

It is however easy to see why Piatek will be hesitant about a potential move to Spurs as he may be limited in terms of game-time once Kane does return.

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