Piatek joined AC Milan in a £31m deal from Genoa on a four-and-a-half-year contract in January 2019 and has scored 15 goals in 39 appearances. The 25-year-old, who has 10 caps for Poland, originally joined Genoa for £3.6m from Polish side Cracovia in the summer of 2018.
The striker was signed by Milan midway through the season after scoring 13 Serie A goals in just 19 appearances for Genoa. Piatek has not been as prolific this season, scoring four times in 18 Serie A appearances for Stefano Pioli’s side, who currently sit 12th in the table.
Jose Mourinho’s side is in dire need of a striker after captain Harry Kane was ruled out until April following surgery on a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring. Kane suffered the problem during the New Year’s Day game against Southampton.
But according to The Athletic, the deal is in jeopardy because of Milan’s financial demands. Milan want to recover every penny of the £30m which they paid to sign Piątek, but despite their need to recruit a new striker, Spurs simply do not want to pay that much.
Manager José Mourinho has insisted that he is prepared to work with his current squad – despite warning the club that Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min could not replace Kane – but he did add that he would not have a problem if owner Daniel Levy decided to recruit a new striker.
“Even the coaches without problems, even the coaches with the best squad, for example even Jurgen (Klopp, Liverpool manager) with the best team, was happy to add a new player (Takumi Minamino).
“We are all the same. The reality is that I came here two months ago, I knew the situation.
“I didn’t know I would lose Harry and Moussa (Sissoko) for so long. But the situation was to get the best out of the players that we have. That doesn’t change.
“If the boss (Daniel Levy, owner) arrives with a solution that can help us with these difficult months we have in front of us, then it is welcome.
“But if we don’t find the right solution, then we are going to wait for the next summer to try and make the right decisions for the evolution of the team. My focus is on the players I have available.”