At the moment, that would seem quite pointless considering it’s all about the here and the now and with Boateng’s current deal with Milan due to expire next summer, it’s a long time to wait and there’s a whole season of football to be played.
However, Spurs could gamble that no side will try and sign him this summer, which could give them the option of trying to work out a deal with Milan either this summer or next January, which could see an agreement put into place.
It’s become quite obvious that Boateng would probably prefer a move away from Milan due to the abuse that he’s received as a black player this season, which at times has been quite horrific and shocking.
Spurs are a club run by a very astute businessman in the form of Daniel Levy so the chances of the club paying a big fee for the 26-year-old now are small.
However, there is nothing to stop a similar situation from developing to what we saw with Lewis Holtby. Spurs reached an agreement to sign him on a free transfer before bringing him in early for a minimal fee.
The same sort of deal could happen here although there is a big risk if Tottenham choose to go down that line of thinking.
That risk is that they could miss out on him altogether because there will be plenty o sides interested in signing Boateng on a cheaper deal as his contract continues to run out.
Liverpool are a good example. Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool board seem fully focused on good value and high calibre signings.
Boateng represents the sort of player who could advance the current Liverpool side and he’s the right age for Rodgers’ methods and it seems like a deal the Liverpool board would commission.
Ultimately, Liverpool would like to get into the ideal situation where they could also sign an experienced player like this on a free transfer.
However, if it comes down to that Tottenham have the obvious advantage because Boateng used to play for them, which means Liverpool may have to throw a little bit of money at the deal in order to make it happen.
Either way he’ll be off because Milan decided they were not going to offer him a new contract based on his inconsistency last season, which was not up to his usual high standards.
The process to try and sign him from Milan has more than likely already begun, it’s just a case of whether Spurs want to take a risk by trying to get him for nothing, which could see them miss out on him altogether.
Would you try and get him for free or just get a deal sorted out quickly?
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