Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that the club have held talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the sale of Milan Skriniar to the club. However, Spurs fans excited at the prospect of the Slovakian heading to North London are set to be disappointed.
Ausilio made it clear that Tottenham were informed that Skriniar is no longer available, following the sale of Uruguayan defender Diego Godin to Serie A rivals Cagliari.
“There was a meeting with a Tottenham manager, but we reiterated that he is not on the market,” Ausilio told the Italian press prior to Inter’s clash with Fiorentina, as reported by TMW. “It is confirmed and we have already brought Godin out of the team. At the moment we do not plan to deprive ourselves of him (Skriniar).”
It will be a big blow for Tottenham, with Skriniar now considered the club’s number one target to strengthen their centre-back positions.
The Sun reported earlier this week that Tottenham are very keen on signing the defender but would not pay the reported £55 million asking price for his services.
Football.London later reported that Skriniar was keen on the idea of working under Jose Mourinho. However, Tottenham were only willing to pay around £32 million for his services.
That all now appears to be redundant. The exit of Godin has left Inter Milan in a position where they do not want to sell and Skriniar looks unlikely to be on the move this summer.
Tottenham will now need to look elsewhere for any centre-back recruitment but there are not many good value targets still out there and Jose Mourinho may have to end up making do with what he currently has in the defensive roles.